The We Need Diverse Books movement began in 2014 as a call to reform the publishing industry. It is now a nonprofit organization which promotes young people's literature that is reflective of many diverse backgrounds. The titles below represent a sample of books showcasing main characters of color, LGBTQIA characters, and characters with disabilities are mental illness. For more suggestions, visit Where To Find Diverse Books or the Walter Award

Characters of Color

The boy in the black suit by Jason Reynolds

Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

Looking for a book you can read in a day? These titles clock in at around 200 pages, so hurry up!

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Seventeen-year-old Kendall, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, lives with her parents on a potato farm in a tiny community in Montana, where two teenagers go missing within months of each other, with no explanation.

The first part last by Angela Johnson

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

Did you miss our bilingual storytime in French and English this week? Here are books, songs, and rhymes to explore another language at home!

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Nanette's baguette by Mo Willems

"It's Nanette's first trip to get the baguette! Is she set? You bet!"--.

Did you miss our snow themed Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a chilly storytime you can do at home.

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Snow by Manya Stojic

As snow approaches and begins to fall, Moose, Bear, Fox, and other forest creatures prepare for winter.

Classics and new titles alike will be adapted for the big screen in 2018. Read the book before you watch the movie!

The death cure by James Dashner

Release date: January 26, 2018

In a final effort to complete the blueprint for the cure, Thomas must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, but Thomas does not trust Wicked and he remembers much more than they realize.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Release date: February 23, 2018

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers--they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding--but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

Contemporary realistic fiction takes place in the present and covers topics that are likely to happen in real life. These novels explore many common issues for modern teenagers. Looking for a funny story? Jump down to the "Humor" section. 

All American boys by Jason Reynolds

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

American street by Ibi Zoboi

When Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own.

Did you miss our Houses and Homes Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a storytime you can do at home.

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Home by Carson Ellis

A whimsical tribute to the myriad possibilities of home depicts homes in different real-world environments as well as fantastical settings.

From World War II to the Wild Wild West, step back in time with these fantastic historical fiction titles. 

Burn baby burn by Meg Medina

During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family's financial woes, her father's absence, and her brother's growing violence.

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Although the first Young Adult book was published over 50 years ago, many titles that have been released in the past 20 years have been cemented as must-reads in the canon. Try a "new" classic and see what all the buzz is about!

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

The book thief by Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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