We’re the People: An Inclusive Summer Reading List

We're the People Summer Reading ListWith the heat wave underway (particularly here in Albuquerque), now is the perfect time to wander inside to cool public libraries.  If you’re ready to move beyond the old set of titles from which to choose, you can search out the less-commonly-recognized but phenomenal titles written and/or illustrated by authors and arts of color.

The search for an inclusive reading list is made all the easier by the recent publication of the “We’re the People” summer guide produced by the following amazing women: Edith Campbell, Sarah Park Dahlen, Sujei Lugo, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Debbie Reese, and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. You can read more about how they developed the list at Lyn Miller-Lachman’s blog.

In this annotated list of picture books, middle grade, and young adult, you’ll find, as Lyn writes, “books written and/or illustrated by authors and artists of color — African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American. Some include LGBTQIA protagonists or protagonists with disabilities. They include contemporary, historical, and speculative fiction as well as graphic novels and nonfiction.”

Intrigued? We certainly were. I have personally added quite a few titles to my already full bookshelves. To see their suggestions for yourself, check out the full guide on the blog Crazi QuiltEdi: Promoting literacy for teens of color one book at a time.

Happy reading,
Keira

5 thoughts on “We’re the People: An Inclusive Summer Reading List

    • Out of the Middle Grade titles, I know for certain that I Lived on Butterfly Hill and The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano are great books. I have no doubt about the others, too, given the quality of the editorial group who put the list together. 🙂

  1. Thank you for helping us promote this list. We hope it makes a real difference in what young people are reading this summer. We hope more of them are able to find themselves in books.

    • It’s a pleasure for us to share your hard work! We appreciate the time and energy that went into compiling such a great resource. We hope for the same — that more young readers will see themselves in the pages of their next book!!

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