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Global Diversity Awareness Month Booklist

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October 1, 2023

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

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

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

Dumpling Day by Meera Sriram

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

Hair Twins by Raakhee Mirchandani

Hello, Friend Hola, Amigo by Andrés Salguero

Hundred Years of Happiness by Thanhha Lai

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde

Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor

‘Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis

On This Airplane by Lourdes Heuer

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands by Rafael López

When We Were Alone by David Robertson

Yo Soy Muslim: A Father’s Letter to His Daughter by Mark Gonzalez

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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

I is for Immigrants by Selina Alko

I Move A Lot and That’s Okay by Shermaine Perry-Knights

The People Remember by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

We Are a Garden: A Story of How Diversity Took Root in America by Lisa Westberg Peters

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell

What’s the Difference?: Being Different is Amazing by Doyin Richards

Children's and Preteen Chapter Books

Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka Brown

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Finally Seen by Kelly Yang

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManus

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Night Diary by Veera Niranandani

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Teen and Young Adult Fiction

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

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

Into the Light by Mark Oshiro

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Next to Last Mistake by Amalie Jahn

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters

This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Adult Fiction

Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction edited by Sheree Thomas

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

The Bad Immigrant by Sefi Atta

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

The Membranes by Dawei Ji

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Sunshine Nails by Mai Nguyen

There There by Tommy Orange

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

Yellowface by RF Kuang

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

Young Adult and Adult Nonfiction

#NotYourPrincess edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale

A Place to Belong: Celebrating Diversity and Kinship in the Home and Beyond by Amber O’Neal Johnston

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bias Interrupted: Creating Inclusion for Real and for Good by Joan Williams

The Diversity Gap: Where Good Intentions Meet True Cultural Change by Bethaney Wilkinson

Human Diversity: the Biology of Gender, Race, and Class by Charles A. Murray

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 Journey of Humanity: the Origins of Wealth and Inequality by Oded Galor

Letters to a Writer of Color edited by Deepa Anappara

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

The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh

Relations: an Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices edited by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism — And How to Do It by Anne Celeste Headlee

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar