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Global Diversity Awareness Month Booklist

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October 1, 2021

October is Global Diversity Awareness Month - a time to recognize the diverse minds and beliefs held by all cultures around the world. Read beyond your perspective and experience with these diverse books for all ages!

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Children's Picture Books

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

Islandborn by Junot Díaz

‘Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

When We Were Alone by David Robertson 

Children's Nonfiction

¡Bravo! : Poemas sobre hispanos extraordinarios by Margarita Engle

Finish the Fight by Veronica Chambers

The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung

The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Denise

Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell

Children's and Preteen Chapter Books

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManus

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

The Night Diary by Veera Niranandani

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Teen and Young Adult Fiction

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily XR Pan

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Ericka L. Sanchez

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Adult Fiction

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

There There by Tommy Orange

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

Young Adult and Adult Nonfiction

#NotYourPrincess edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The Magical Language of Others by EJ Koh

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor edited by Layla F. Saad

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Shamila Sen