What it is: "Any book (by any author) with a main character that is a person of color qualifies for this reading challenge, as well as any book written by an author of color. The goal is to encourage readers [to] have a more diverse reading experience and to support diversity in the publishing industry by reading and reviewing books by or about persons of color."
Why I participate: Last year I was motivated to diversify my own reading. This year, I realize more how important it is to encourage our publishing industry to make books available about and written by people of color. As a would-be children's librarian, I've come to realize how few representations there are of people of color in children's books. We can encourage the publishing industry with our purchasing choices and by highlighting books by and about people of color on our blogs. I am signing up for level 5: 16-25 POC books.
POC Books I Plan/Hope to Read This Year:
Reviews added as I read.
Children's and YA Titles:
- Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- I Am Different: Can You Find Me? by Manjula Padmanabhan
- The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle
- Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
- Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
- Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
- The Friendship Matchmaker by Randa Abdel-Fattah
- A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
- Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth
- Saraswati's Way by Monika Schroder
- The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
- Best Shot in the West by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.
- A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
- Nation by Terry Pratchett
- Sula by Toni Morrison
- The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie