Diversity Reading Challenge

The Zora & Me Series has books for girls who look like me! #DiversityReadingChallenge

Not sure what to read that has an African American young woman as the main character? Here are TWO titles that can choose from that will satisfy the Diversity Reading Challenge:

Zora & Me


Zora & Me The Cursed Ground

This series is a fictionalized account of our beloved Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood. There so much fun in these stories and so much history. You know how I love to sneak in some learning while a kid is reading? Well these books fit that need. Not only will Brown kids revel in seeing themselves as main characters all kids will enjoy the mystery, the suspension and the plain old fun of these middle grade reads.

Note: the “n” word is used alot so be advised if you don’t want your child exposed to that word you might want to reach for another book instead. It’s also possible to use these books as teaching tools for black history, civil rights, cooking (Yum Southern food) or just about anything else that a good book is needed for.

Read on or both, BAM, you’re done and you’ve satisfied item #4.


Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

What’s in my Ear? My #FridayListens #Diversity


Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

I’ve said it on Twitter. I think this is Perkins’ magnus opum. What a beautiful portrayal of a Southeast Indian family’s life as they struggle with each other, old family values, and the need to fit in (or not) in modern New York. So much love. A cross-cultural gem.  I had the pleasure of meeting the author a couple of years ago at KidLitCon Baltimore. She’s just lovely. Her book Tiger Boy helped me look at tigers completely differently. Here’s my review.

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Abigail Pesta

I’m 300% over the moon excited that Ms. Uwiringiyimana (MUST. PRACTICE. LAST NAME. TO IMPRESS) will be joining us at KidLitCon 2017 in November! woooooo!!! If you’ve ever wondered what the life of a refugee is like or the life of a war child or anything like that, How Dare the Sun Rise is the book for you. Not only is it an excellent indication of the racial divide within the African American community, it also speaks to the lack of substantive support immigrants receive when entering this country. Striking similarities between this and Perkins’ book.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Not sure how accurate a depiction of baby jail is or of a girls group home, but WOW is this story punching me in the gut. A very young girl is accused of killing the baby her mother is babysitting. That’s all I’ll say.

All of these titles are eligible for the Diversity Reading Challenge. I hope you’ll put one or all of them on your TBR list.