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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:
Candlewick Press.

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.


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