We Need Diverse Books For Teens

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 or mental illnesses. For more suggestions, visit Where To Find Diverse Books or the Walter Award

Characters of Color

A girl like that by Tanaz Bhathena
Odd one out by Nic Stone
Pride by Ibi Aanu Zoboi
Secrets of the Casa Rosada by Alex Temblador


Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Let's talk about love by Claire Kann
The music of what happens by Bill Konigsberg
None of the above by I. W. Gregorio


Because you'll never meet me by 1989- Leah Thomas
Going bovine by Libba Bray
Not if I see you first by 1965- Eric Lindstrom
Pinned by Sharon Flake
A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard

Mental Illness

10 things I can see from here by 1975- Carrie Mac
Anger is a gift by Mark Oshiro
Every last word by Tamara Ireland Stone
This impossible light by Lily Myers