Diversity Reading Challenge

Diversity Reading Challenge 2020 is Here! Read #DiverseBooks

diversity reading challenge

It’s time for the Diversity Reading Challenge! Reading diverse books benefits everyone and the DRC makes it easy. Pick one book from each category.

Read a book:

  1. Written by and for a Latinx person
  2. Containing an African American young woman
  3. An African American young man
  4. With a SE Asian main character
  5. With an illustrator of color
  6. Containing an LGBTQ main character
  7. Graphic novel with people of color
  8. Of speculative fiction containing people of color
  9. With a native American protagonist
  10. With a person with a mental illness
  11. With a person with a disability
  12. With a Muslim main character

You can combine it with other challenges or do it alone. It’s like peanut butter, it goes with everything!

I can already think of 7 books that would go with the Diversity Reading Challenge. What’s your first read gonna be?

Diversity Reading Challenge

Starting Today! The Diversity Reading Challenge 2017


The Diversity Reading Challenge 2017

It’s my third year of hosting The Diversity Reading Challenge. I meant it as an easy peasy way for readers to dive into diversity while keeping up with their reading. Twelve books in 12 months, which equals 1 diverse book a month. You can’t get easier than that! Whether you read non-fiction or fiction, picture books, or graphic novels, the Diversity Reading Challenge will fit in with everything you do.

Diversity Reading Challenge

Coming Soon: Diversity Reading Challenge 2017 {A Sneak Peak}


As we’re nearing the end of 2016 it’s time to reflect on the diverse books we’ve read this year and think about the books we’ll read next year. I’m excited too and I thought I’d share with you a sneak peak of the new graphic I’m working on.

Stay tuned and see the finished copy!

Meanwhile tally up your 2016 Diverse reads and we’ll chat about them as soon as I get mine tallied.

Chat soon!

Diversity Lists

How to Find a Diverse Book #WeNeedDiverseBooks

The folks at #WeNeedDiverseBooks made this infographic that I think is very helpful when searching for multicultural books.


Have you read any of the books on this list? I’ve only read Brown Girl Dreaming and Proxy and Two Boys Kissing. Guess I need to get busy!


Why I’ve Failed at Reviewing Diverse Books #WeNeedDiverseBooks

I realize I have failed as a diverse books reviewer. To be sure, I had the best intentions, but then things got away from me. Sure I talk about diversity and how kids want to read about characters who look like them. I talk about it but not enough.  Recently, while attending KidLitCon in Sacramento the theme of the conference was Diversity. Right up my alley!

But I realized I am not doing enough.

I realized I can do more.

From now on I will do better.



From now on I will diligently seek out books with diverse characters.  I’ve been lax about identifying diverse characters but now I’m on fire! If you want me to review a book, your MAIN character needs to be diverse in some way shape or form. According to the genius of Mitali Perkins, books with diverse characters need to pass a certain waterline to be truly diverse.  Read this post to understand.

Not only do kids want to read books about characters who look like themselves, they need to learn about other cultures. Here’s an example: a friend’s child recently started school and the other children wanted to touch that child’s hair.  They were curious; they’d never seen hair like that before. They meant no harm, they just wanted to learn about the child’s hair. The problem is two fold:

  • A child’s body is her own and no one else has the right to touch it without permission
  • The other children had never been exposed to other race or ethnicity so they were intrigued about this new experience

None of this is the child’s fault. Kids will be kids. The parents, however, are at fault for not exposing the child to different race and ethnic experiences. My pumpkin went through a similar experience when she was little. It’s not fun to be identified because you’re different.  My point is these situations can be eliminated by exposing your children to different races, ethnicities, and abilities early in their lives; through books. There are many good multiculturally diverse books around.

Find them and share them with your kids.

I promise I’ll help.