Adding Diverse Books to Your Classroom Library

If you took a look at the books in your classroom library, would they reflect students from all backgrounds? Do the books in your library only reflect the oppression that minority groups have faced? Or do they provide multiple perspectives and viewpoints that highlight the achievements and cultural events and traditions of all ethnic groups and individuals?

How many picture books or novels in your classroom include a MAIN character that is black, Latinx, Native American, or Asian? Our students need to see themselves represented in the books that we share in our classrooms.

If the only time we read about black history, for example is to discuss enslaved people, then we have missed the mark. We need to not only celebrate the achievements of people of all backgrounds, but include books in our classroom that depict characters from diverse backgrounds.

Diversity is not limited to skin color. It can also include: religion (religious attire), hair types, body types, differing abilities, sexual orientation, age, and gender roles/stereotypes. Are the books in your classroom library diverse?

Below, I've included a number of diverse books that you could consider adding to your classroom. This is just a small sample of books, and is not exhaustive or complete by any means. However, it's meant to be a starting point.

Talk to your school librarian about adding more diverse books to your school library. I have also found success in finding new and diverse book titles at my local public library. Check out my list of book recommendations. I continually add books to this list, including books for adults too.