Diverse Children’s Literature

“The mind of an adult begins in the imagination of a child.”
-Kwame Alexander

As an educator, it is my responsibility to teach my students the skill of empathy. By the time my students leave my classroom, it is my hope that they feel a little bit more connected to the world around them. In order to reach that goal, I need to provide reading material that can serve as a window into the lives of others. I also need to provide reading material that can serve as a mirror to reflect students’ own lives. It is my responsibility to add diverse literature to my classroom.

We Need Diverse Books (a fantastic resource for teachers, parents, and readers of all ages) seeks to define diversity with the following statement:

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Below, you’ll find resources to help you in your journey to read diverse children’s literature and provide it to your students. You’ll also find links to the diverse books I’ve recommended on Miss Magee’s Reads. Please feel free to leave comments below with your own resources and recommendations.

Thank you for joining me on this journey towards diversifying our reading and connecting with each other. As author Kwame Alexander has written, “We are at a crossroads, trying to figure out what’s next, and in order to get to the other side, we have to wade in the water.” Thank you for wading in the water with me.

Articles & Editorials

New York Times: On Children’s Books and the Color of Characters by Kwame Alexander

New York Times: Mirrors for My Daughter’s Bookshelf by Sara Ackerman

Online Resources

#ReadingWithoutWalls Challenge

Reading Without Walls is a challenge led by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. It asks readers to do three different things: 1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t live like you or look like you.
2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
3. Read a book in a format that you don’t usually read for fun (a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse or an audio book)


More than ever, we need diverse books. The Diverse Books Club is a group of readers dedicated to learning about the world and our fellow humans. The group values diversity in all its forms. This Goodreads group has selections for each month, and you can follow along on Instagram using #WeNeedDiverseBooksClub.


#DiverseKidLit Linkup

Every month, book bloggers come together to share diverse children’s literature surrounding a theme. You can find this linkup at this link. Feel free to add your own posts to the linkup, or just enjoy the posts of others.

My #DiverseKidLit Reviews and Recommendations