Any books featuring diverse characters?
Julie M. Fiedler recently contacted me about the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award and prepared a fabulous presentation on the award, which is for diversity in children’s fiction, and was won by Takeshita Demons in 2009.
Diverse books to read in 2015
In her presentation, Julie recommended a number of books featuring diverse characters for use in the classroom, and I’m adding them to my To Read list for 2015:
- Esperanza Rising – by Pam Muñoz Ryan
- Bud, Not Buddy – by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes – by Eleanor Coerr
- I Never Saw Another Butterfly – a collection by Jewish children who lived in the concentration camp Theresienstadt
And I recommended one of my all-time favourite books:
This is the book my Kiwi grandfather gifted to my youngest sister, just weeks before he passed away, so it’s special in our family as well as being an incredible book: a thrilling adventure story about belonging and heritage.
It has everything I think a great children’s book should have and I’ve just bought myself a copy for my birthday.
I can’t wait to read it again! Have you read it? It can be tough to find a copy, so good luck (or you can ask to borrow mine :-))