Now more than ever it is important for our literature to reflect the reality of our diverse culture here in the United States. There has been an uptake in popularity of Young Adult fiction books with diverse main characters and it is awesome. Teens want to feel like they are being represented in pop culture and lately I’ve been reading more and more books that actually reflect the lives of the teens that come into our local libraries.
When Teens see that they’re being seen and represented it makes a huge difference and allows for a conversation to be started. Whether or not race is one of the main topics in the book, the fact that it is mentioned at all is one step towards a discussion about fighting against racism in our history and future.
So check out some of these recent diverse YA books (I already have reviewed some of them and will reviewing the rest soon!)