“I am never afraid of what I know.” Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty.
What am I Doing?
Each month, I’m going to feature one middle grade or young adult novel that I've bought, read, and loved, to help promote and support diverse books by marginalized authors. I'll be sharing them on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter. I will add links to the blog posts for each book I feature at the end of this page and update as I go.
If you should feel inclined to do the same (or already do) please let me know. I’d love to share your posts/recommendations too!
Who Am I?
I’m an author of children’s books, and part of a racially, culturally, and ability diverse family. We are Kiwis and Australians of Pakeha (European) and Vietnamese/Chinese descent, and a mixture of those. Several family members live with disabilities and/or health conditions that have an effect on all of our lives. I've written more about my own personal story here.
What do Diverse Books Mean to Me?
The first book I ever read on my own was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, and it shaped so much of the way I treat the other creatures and people in this world. The stories of my childhood made me see outside myself and often gave me hope when life got rough. Books do that in a way that no other medium can. We need stories that show us a world we might not have otherwise experienced for ourselves, and stories that show us we're not alone.
This project is about sharing the stories I find that I think help achieve those goals, told by voices with experience. I hope you will enjoy them along with me.
http://weneeddiversebooks.org/ We Need Diverse Books)
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November 2016. TWO GIRLS STARING AT THE CEILING by Lucy Frank (2014, Schwartz & Wade Books)
December 2016. THE WHALE RIDER by Witi Ihimaera (2003, HMH Books for Young Readers)
January 2017. STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper (2016, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
February 2017. ARISTOTLE & DANTE DISCOVER THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2014, Simon & Schuster Books for Young readers: Reprint edition)