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“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” — Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Books with Diverse Characters




  Diverse Cultures 

    Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan 

    Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan

    Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

    Tia Lola series by Julia Alvarez 

    Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

   Lola Levine series by Monica Brown 

    Sofia Martinez series by Jacqueline Jules

    Allie, First At Last by Angela Cervantes

    90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis


    Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy

    Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai

    Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

    The Breedwinner by Deborah Ellis

     Amina's Voice by Hena Khan


    Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

    Ruby Lu by Lenore Look 

    In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Lord

    Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee

    Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

    Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park

    A Step from Heaven by An Na

    Dara Palmer's Major Drama by Emma Shevah

    Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

    The Gold Thread Dress by Carolyn Marsden

    The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi


    Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks 

    Younguncle Comes to Town by Vandana Singh

    Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami

    Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan 


    Almost Home by Joan Bauer

   Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

   How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

   Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

   One Room: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements

   Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

   Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

   Dyamonde Daniel series by Nikki Grimes


   Rules by Cynthia Lord

   The Someday Birds by Sally Pla

   A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold 

   Slider by Pete Hautman

 Mental Illness/ Persons with Differing Abilities 

    So B. It by Sarah Weeks 

    OCDaniel  by Wesley King

   The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O'Reilly

   Frazzled : Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat

   Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

   Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg

   The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

  Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

   Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

  Tangerine by Edward Bloor

  Out of My Mind by Sharon Mills Draper

  Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

  Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

  I Funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

  The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

Family Life/ Adoption 

  The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

   Call me Sunflower by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

  The Great Treehouse War  by Lisa Graff

  Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

  Greenglass House by Kate Milford

  Soar by Joan Bauer