The Diverse Books Club

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what is the diverse books club?

We are a group of readers dedicated to learning about the world and our fellow humans. We value diversity in all its forms!

OUR ORIGIN STORY

In late summer of 2017, I decided my reading life needed a boost. I was reading a lot, but not reading widely enough. Enter a self-imposed challenge, to read more diverse literature and expand my understanding of the world around me. The DBC was born when I asked if anyone would be interested in joining me and to my surprise, many, many readers expressed a similar desire. As of January 2018, we have over 1k active members on Goodreads, 4k members on Instagram, and a team of 11 readers moderating the many facets of the DBC. Each month, we read a selection of books related to a diverse theme. We also feature author profiles, related resources, and classroom resources for our members on our Goodreads page!

Join us for discussions & more on Goodreads!

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OUR COMPLETE BOOKLIST

Each month, the DBC reads books related to a diverse theme.


May 2018 - Mental Health

Young Adult Fiction: Sparrow by Sarah Moon

Young Adult Fiction: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

PICTURE BOOKS

Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman

Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein

Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen

The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by Lvar Burton and Susan Schaefer Bernardo

The Red Tree by Shaun Tan

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets by Barbara Esham


April 2018 - Class & Poverty

Adult Fiction: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12): Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

PICTURE BOOKS

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

The Tooth by Avi Slodovnick

Still a Family: A Story about Homelessness by Brenda Reeves Sturgis


March 2018 - Women in Science

Adult Fiction: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12): Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins

PICTURE BOOKS

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Mae Among the Stars by Rhoda Ahmed

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeannette Winter

Ada's Ideas by Fiona Robinson

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath by Julia Finley Mosca

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman


February 2018 - Chronic Illness

Adult Fiction: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12): Caleb & Kit by Beth Vrabel

PICTURE BOOKS

There are no picture book selections for February. (If you have a recommendation for a picture book related to chronic illness, please get in touch with us at weneeddiversebooksclub@gmail.com!)