15 Diverse YA to Add to Your Library


I’ve searched my shelves, Goodreads list, asked friends, and read numerous reviews to develop my list, so here it is: 15 Diverse YA to Add to Your Library!

1. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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2. Dear Martin by Nic Stone


3. Toxic by Lydia Kang

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4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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5. It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura

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6. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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7. The Afterlife by Gary Soto

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8. A Thousand Beginnings and Ending by Ellen Oh

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9. Sold by Patricia McCormick

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10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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11. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Trilogy by Rick Riordan


12. The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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13. Monster by Walter Dean Myers

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14. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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15. The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

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This was a hard list for me to make. As soon as I found a few titles I wanted to feature, I would see 5 more I thought were a better fit.

Besides struggling to stick to 15 books, I quickly realized I had no idea what I really want to focus on. Race? Gender? Family? Body Imagine? Mental Health? Sexuality? SO MANY topics! I tried to make a broad list, but I do not know if it is even possible. I tried my best to build a diverse list and pick newish and older titles–hopefully, you found a new read or have read a few yourself.

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Have you read any of these books? What titles would you add to this list or remove? What books would be on your list for diversity?






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