Please note: There are many excellent diverse books that are NOT on this list. This list began with YA titles used during a 2014 YALSA Lit Symposium on Multicultural Literature. Have a favorite book for opening discussion on race, racism, power and/or privilege with youth? We’d love to hear about it! Tweet using #libequity.
Alexie, S. (2009). The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian. New York: Little, Brown Books.
Alvarez, I. (2005). Invisible Boundaries. In L.M. Carlson (Ed.), Red hot salsa. New York: Henry
Holt and Co.
Barnes, D. (2010). We could be brothers. New York: Scholastic Press.
Canales, V. (2007). The tequila worm. New York: Random House.
Chan, C. (2014). Bird. New York: Atheneum Books.
de la Peña, M. (2007). Ball don’t lie. New York: Ember.
de la Peña, M. (2013). The Living. New York: Delacorte Press.
de la Peña, M. (2010). Mexican white boy. New York: Ember.
Davis, S, Jenkins, G., Hunt, R., and Draper, S. (2006). We beat the street. New York: Puffin
Draper, S. (2010). Out of my mind. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Flake, S.G. (1998). The skin I’m in. New York: Jump at the Sun.
Gansworth, E. (2013). If I ever get out of here. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.
Grimes, N. (2001). Bronx Masquerade. New York: Dial Publishing.
Hidier, T. D. (2002). Born confused. New York: Scholastic.
Magoon, K. (2009). The rock and the river. New York: Aladdin.
Medina, M. (2013). Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Myers, W.D. (1999). Monster. New York: Harper Collins.
Perkins, M. (2013). Open mic: Riffs on life between cultures in ten words. Massachusetts:
Woodson, J. (2010). If you come softly. New York: Speak Publishing.
Woodson, J. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.
Yang, G.L. (2008). American Born Chinese. New York: Square Fish Publishing.