Diverse Books

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Books That Introduce Children to Different Holiday Cultures and Traditions

As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to remember there are a diverse set of holidays available to explore.

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Tween

Teen

Banned & Challenged Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read

Ideas in books can ignite discovery, encourage empathy, and offer solace. With that in mind, here are 17 banned books worth reading for their ideas.

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15 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

What better way to celebrate Hispanic culture and history with kids than with picture books? From biographies to folktales, there’s something great for every young reader.

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Growing Reader

Brightly Storytime: Carmela Full of Wishes

Read along to Carmela Full of Wishes, a poignant tribute to family, home, and hope from the creators of Last Stop on Market Street.

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Teen

Diverse Books for Tweens and Teens Written by Own Voices Authors

If we want children to enjoy reading and be engaged, why not give them stories in which they see themselves being represented? A good place to start is by exploring diverse stories written by “own voices” authors.

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Growing Reader

Author Kelly Starling Lyons on Daring to Shine Like Jada Jones

In a world where popularity can take center stage, we sometimes forget to remind kids of the shine they hold inside. Kelly Starling Lyons' Jada Jones series aims to show kids that they are rock stars, class acts, scientists, and dancing queens just like Jada.

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Teen

Pride and Less Prejudice: 10 LGBTQ Books for Teens

These LGBTQ YA stories are filled with characters experiencing everything from dystopian drama to summer love to messy breakups and more.

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Tween

9 Great LGBTQ Books for Kids

These books aren’t just for families with a direct connection to LGBTQ issues; everyone can benefit from their messages of unconditional love and acceptance.

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Tween

The Importance of Queer Representation in Middle Grade Fiction

While the YA genre is burgeoning with queer representation, books for middle grade readers are still sadly lacking such characters, themes, and stories.

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Growing Reader

8 Picture Books to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year kicks off on February 5th. In the spirit of celebration, here are eight festive books about Chinese New Year to share with young readers.

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Growing Reader

Hands Up! Reminds Black Children That They Are Beautiful and Worthy of a Life Well-Lived

Throughout Hands Up! is the image of a Black girl who is life personified. She matters every single day, 24/7. Her pain, her joy, and her being are important.

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Tween

Brightly’s Book Club for Kids: Harbor Me

Our new Book Club for Kids pick, Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson, is a beautifully written, timely middle grade book that packs a big emotional punch.

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Teen

8 Nonfiction Kids’ Books That Celebrate Black Excellence

Ranging from picture books to young adult titles, these fantastic reads center on African American figures throughout history who embodied excellence in their respective fields and inspired those around them.

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Teen

Jacqueline Woodson’s Most Beautiful, Impactful Books for Young Readers

Jacqueline Woodson has made a career out of breaking down barriers and smashing glass ceilings for children and teens through her remarkable writing. Here are some of our favorite books written by the unparalleled author.

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