Diversity Reading Challenge

2017 Diversity Reading Challenge: How’d You Do in March?

So March has come and gone; let’s check in and see how we did in the Diversity Reading Challenge, ok? Here’s what I read:

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. My review is here.

Wonderful You: An Adoption Story by Lauren McLaughlin; illustrated by Meilo So. You’ll find my review here.

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim Illustrated by Pirkko Vainio. Find the review here.

Bud Not Buddy counts as a book written by or for African American young men. Adoption, unfortunately isn’t one of the topics of this year’s Diversity Reading Challenge but since the family depicted in the book are brown skinned we will assume they are people of color; so it counts. I also think adoption counts as diversity. And finally, a book containing an Asian main character is satisfied with Rock Maiden, which is about a Chinese family.

How’d you do? Share your titles with me, I’d love to hear them.



By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

2 replies on “2017 Diversity Reading Challenge: How’d You Do in March?”

These aren’t fiction, but this year I read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, a book I’ve wanted to read or a long time. I also browsed through, and read much of, “Truevine” by Beth Macy, about twin albino/black boys held by the circus, who spent years in semi-slavery working in freak shows. I didn’t read these as a diversity challenge but rather because both stories are so compelling.

Books read toward the DRC don’t have to be fiction; that’s the beauty of the challenge!
Henrietta Lacks is an awesome book if you like non fiction: the medical stuff had me bogged down, I’m ashamed to admit.
I have heard alot about Truevine and I’d like to read it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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