All Ages

Kids Like Me: 18 Books with
Diverse Main Characters

by Melissa Taylor

Photo credit: Elyse Lewin, The Image Bank/Getty Images

“We read to know that we are not alone.”*

Children, too.

That’s why it’s important kids read engaging stories with main characters that are relatable to their lives. Not just to their humanity, but also to their appearance and their culture.

I could recommend hundreds of books with diverse main characters. Here’s a shortlist of some of my favorites.

For more book suggestions with diverse characters like these, I recommend these blogs:


*Quote from Shadowlands by William Nicholson