DEI Book choices for children

Here We is a web site cultivating lists of books related to DEI: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The annual list ranges from pre-toddlers to teens. An extensive offering with summaries, Here We Read is a good place to begin exploring this wide field of subjects covering biographies, fiction and non-fiction. The web site also has podcasts interviewing authors such as Kwame Alexander in “I’m Not a Fan of Diverse Books, I’m a fan of Diverse Thinking People. A Conversation with Kwame Alexander.”


Heartstopper is (so far) a 4-book graphic novel series and TV show on Netflix. The main characters are 15 years-old and introduce a genre of books and TV for a new generation. Are the books promoting the TV show or is the show sending kids looking to read the books? Either way, both media are a hit with the teen crowd. The article in The Atlantic calls Heartstopper “Mainstream coming-of-age stories about LGBTQ teenagers,” but one that many audiences will enjoy. Far from a dark, disturbing story of bullying, Heartstopper is more of a feel-good look at teens finding their way in the world.

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As a frequent user of ebooks and e-audiobooks, having access to the NYPL digital collection widens my selection tremendously. The expansive inventory of titles available is remarkable. Getting your NYPL library card can all be done remotely/online by visiting this link. Other resources available include Flipster for online magazines, LinkedIn Learning, Mango Languages, Learning Express, Career Cruising, remote learning resources for kids, teens and educators, and an 900,000+ digitized collection of documents, the Naxos Music Library, ScienceFlix, Tumblebooks, and the New York Times archives 1980-present. Be sure to take advantage of this free resource.

Better Nate movie

The critically acclaimed Better Nate Than Ever middle school book opened in movie theaters earlier this month. An unpopular 13 year-old boy longs to appear on stage in his school play. Disappointed when he doesn’t get the part he wants, Nate plans a secret trip to run off to New York City and audition for a Broadway show. The author, Tim Federle, also directs this LGBTQ friendly Disney movie.

Irish cozy

Carlene O’Connor has created the fictional Irish town of Kilbane and the O’Sullivan 6 family to fall in love with. Siobhan is the oldest girl of the family who all help run the family bistro in the village. When book #1 begins, the parents have already been killed in a car accident and the 6 children are learning to get along on their own. Murder in the town keeps Siobhan busy and we meet the local residents who all become suspects. This is a fun series to listen to on audio (free) through Hoopla as the Irish accent adds to the atmosphere and coziness of the plot. Also available in print or CD, be sure to visit this series which will have you longing to book a ticket to Ireland.