Diverse Collection 2020

Books by African-American, Latin American, Asian American, Muslim American and Caribbean authors

African American

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Such a fun age [electronic book] : a novel / Kiley Reid.

Well-read black girl : finding our stories, discovering ourselves : an anthology / edited by Glory Edim.

Black Sunday : a novel by Abraham, Tola Rotimi, author.

Given by Taylor, Nandi, author.

Riot baby by Onyebuchi, Tochi, author.

Hitting a straight lick with a crooked stick : stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Hurston, Zora Neale, author.

Hood feminism : notes from the women that a movement forgot by Kendall, Mikki, author.

Felix ever after by Callender, Kacen, author.

The Death of Vivek Oji by Emezi, Akwaeke

Latin American

“Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez (available on Overdrive)

“Hurricane Season” by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes (available on Overdrive)

“Children of the Land,” by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (Harper, nonfiction) (available in print)

“Lost Children Archive,” by Valeria Luiselli (available in print)

American dirt by Cummins, Jeanine, author. (available in print and on Overdrive)

Asian American and Pacific islanders

Long live the tribe of fatherless girls: a memoir / T Kira Madden.

Dear girls: intimate tales, untold secrets & advice for living your best life / Ali Wong.

Minor feelings: an Asian American reckoning by Hong, Cathy Park, author.

I was their American dream: a graphic memoir / Malaka Gharib.

Muslim American 

Once upon an Eid: stories of hope and joy by 15 Muslim voices / edited by S.K. Ali, Aisha Saeed ; illustrated by Sara Alfageeh.

All-American Muslim girl / Nadine Jolie Courtney.

Love from A to Z / S.K. Ali.

More to the story / Hena Khan.

Other words for home / Jasmine Warga.

The weight of our sky / Hanna Alkaf.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

More than just a pretty face / Syed Masood.

The weight of our sky / Hanna Alkaf.

Mad, bad & dangerous to know by Ahmed, Samira, author.


Clap when you land by Acevedo, Elizabeth, author.

A story about Afiya / [written by] James Berry ; [illustrated by] Anna Cunha.

Ghost Already a butterfly : a meditation story by Alvarez, Julia, author. squad / Claribel A. Ortega.

Salty, bitter, sweet by Cuevas, Mayra, author.

Sal and Gabi fix the universe by Hernandez, Carlos Alberto, author.

Letters from Cuba by Behar, Ruth

Nordic Noir

Victim 2117 by Jussi Adler-Olsen ; translated by William Frost.

The Rabbit Hunter by Lars Kepler


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Pre-K Through Fourth Grade

  • A Girl Like Me, by Angela Johnson (writer) and Nina Crews (illustrator)
  • Black Is a Rainbow Color, by Angela Joy (writer) and Ekua Holmes (illustrator)
  • Chocolate Me!, by Taye Diggs (writer) and Shane W. Evans (illustrator)
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes (writer) and Gordon C. James (illustrator)
  • Don’t Touch My Hair!, by Sharee Miller (writer and illustrator)
  • Going Down Home With Daddy, by Kelly Starling Lyons (writer) and Daniel Minter (illustrator)
  • Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry (writer) and Vashti Harrison (illustrator)
  • Hands Up!, by Breanna J. McDaniel (writer) and Shane W. Evans (illustrator)
  • Happy Hair, by Mechal Renee Roe (writer and illustrator)
  • Hey Black Child, by Useni Eugene Perkins (writer) and Bryan Collier (illustrator)
  • IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All, by Chelsea Johnson, Carolyn Choi, and LaToya Council (writers) and Ashley Seil Smith (illustrator)
  • Let The Children March, by Monica Clark-Robinson (writer) and Frank Morrison (illustrator)
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison
  • Little Legends: Exceptional Men In Black History, by Vashti Harrison
  • M is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child, by Tiffany Rose (writer and illustrator)
  • Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration, by Samara Cole Doyon (writer) and Kaylani Juanita (illustrator)
  • My Hair Is Beautiful, by Shauntee Grant
  • Parker Looks Up, by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry (writers) and Brittany Jackson (illustrator)
  • Princess Hair, by Sharee Miller (writer and illustrator)
  • Ruth and the Green Book, by Calvin A. Ramsey with Gwen Strauss (writer) and Floyd Cooper (illustrator)
  • Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations, by Kelly Starling Lyons (writer) and Keith Mallett (illustrator)
  • Our Town: a Child’s Story About Racial Injustice, by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard (writers) and Jennifer Zivoin (illustrators)
  • Sulwe, by Lupita N’yongo (writer) and Vashti Harrison (illustrator)
  • The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson (writer) and Rafael López (illustrator)
  • The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned To Read, by Rita Lorraine Hubbard (writer) and Oge Mora (illustrator)
  • The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne, by Lesa Cline-Ransome (writer) and John Parra (illustrator)
  • The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander (writer) and Kadir Nelson (illustrator)
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, by Tony Medina (writer) and Javaka Steptoe, Gregory R. Christie, Ekua Holmes, and Floyd Cooper (illustrators)
  • Ways to Make Sunshine, by Renée Watson
  • We March, by Shane Evans (writer) and Sharee Evans (illustrator)
  • You Matter, by Christian Robinson (writer and illustrator)

Fourth Through Eighth Grade

  • A Good Kind of Trouble, by Lisa Moore Ramee
  • Betty Before X, by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson
  • Black Brother, Black Brother, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Black Enough: stories of being young & Black in America, by Ibi Zoboi (editor)
  • Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids, by Kimberly Brown
  • Blended, by Sharon Draper
  • Brave. Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World, by Cheryl Hudson and Erin K. Robinson (illustrator)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Clean Getaway, by Nic Stone
  • Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Tonya Bolden
  • Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z, by Irene Latham & Charles Waters (writers) and Mehrdokht Amini (illustrator)
  • Finding Langston, by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  • For Black Girls Like Me, by Mariama J. Lockington
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington, by Janae Marks
  • Genesis Begins Again, by Alicia D. Williams
  • Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space, by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • March Forward, Girl, by Melba Patillo Beals (writer) and Frank Morrison (illustrator)
  • One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams Garcia
  • One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, by Nikki Grimes
  • Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson, by Katherine Johnson
  • Say Her Name, by Zetta Elliott (writer) and Loveis Wise (illustrator)
  • Schomburg: the Man Who Built a Library, by Carole Boston Weatherford (writer) and Eric Velasquez (illustrator)
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped From the Beginning, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson
  • The Season of Styx Malone, by Kekla Magoon
  • This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality, by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debby Levy
  • We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
  • What Lane?, by Torrey Maldonado

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