High School Reading List
Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Drown by Junot Diaz
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi
Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri
The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
For descriptions, click the read more!
(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle School lists)
Kindred! That book was so hard for me to find and so much harder to out down.