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What I Will Be Reading #35: Diversity for the Kids

I’ve got a variety of middle grade and YA books to add to my kids’ reading lists. Quite a few are specifically diverse voices for something a little different.

I’ll start off with a big collection of graphic novels provided by CommonSense Media. We’ve read most of the books up through about the 9+ age group, and this list recommends all the way to 16+, so there’s plenty of books for us to grow into, like Foiled or Boxers & Saints.

For some diversity and more words than graphic novels, I’ve got a few options for the kids. Who am I kidding – I want to read most of these as well. They may end up being read alouds, so we can all read the book at the same time.

The first book came from a GeekDad post on cultural diversity is The Gauntlet by Karuna Riaza. It’s a newly published book (March, 2017) that was described as steampunk Jumanji. Sounds like a fun read to me.

My mother-in-law brought my attention to the next book – Refugee by Alan Gratz. Interestingly, The Hub ran a post on immigrants and refugees the next week that recommended this book. This is the story of three refugees, one from Nazi Germany, one from Castro’s Cuba, and one from modern-day Syria. It’s written for a slightly younger audience than most of the YA literature about refugees, so it should still be appropriate for Miss Adventure.

The Hub also brought my attention to Kwame Alexander’s new book – Solo. It is his typical book in verse, although the main character is a bit older than we saw in Booked or The Crossover. Apparently, it makes a great audiobook that Alexander reads himself. I’ve read the other books to the kids. Maybe, we all need to listen to the author read it.

One last book, and this one from Modern Mrs. Darcy. She had a post on diverse books/own voices as a category in her reading challenge for the year. I just glanced through the list, since I’m not looking for anything specific to read. However, I happened to see the description to Out of My Mind by Susan Draper. What caught my eye was the fact that her kids pushed her to read the book, and it was perfect for people who loved Wonder. That is a perfect recommendation for us!

And those are the books I’m adding to my kids’ reading lists. Anything strike your fancy? Anything else to recommend?

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Real Friends by Shannon Hale

I saw this on a list of graphic novels put out by CommonSense media and thought it would be a good one for the kids to read. And, once it’s in the house, I might as well read it too.

Artist: LeUyen Pham

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade graphic novel fictionalized memoir

Length: 213 pages

Setting: Salt Lake City, 1979-1986 Continue reading

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Frazzled by Booki Vivat

I saw this book on a list of graphic novels for kids put out by Common Sense Media. It’s all about middle school, so I thought Miss Adventure would enjoy the book (even if she doesn’t go off to public school).

Subtitle: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade graphic novel fiction

Length: 219 pages

Setting: a generic city (although it felt like California to me), present day Continue reading

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Time Shifters by Chris Frine

I probably saw this on a GeekDad post and thought the kids would enjoy the graphic novel.

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade science fiction graphic novel

Length: 265 pages

Setting: a generic rural location, and at least one alternate planet Continue reading

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One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

I saw a post about graphic novels, and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales were mentioned. Sadly, our library system doesn’t have any of that series, but it did have this book. We highly enjoyed Rapunzel’s Revenge, and thought this would be worth checking out.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction graphic novel

Length: 127 pages

Setting: Earth, far future Continue reading

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girls Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North

Whenever I look for good graphic novels for kids, Squirrel Girl is always high on the list of suggestions. Finally, the library had one of books in the system, so I requested it.

Artist: Erica Henderson

Published: 2016

Genre: superhero graphic novel

Length: 120 pages

Setting: the Marvel Universe, New York City Continue reading

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Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison

This is the second Giant Days compilation. The kids enjoyed the first one so much, it was pretty obvious I would get the second book.

Artist: Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin (it changed halfway though the book. While the art was noticeably different, it wasn’t distracting.)

Published: 2016

Genre: graphic novel, fiction

Length: 128 pages

Setting: Sheffield, and Northampton, England, soon after the events of Volume One Continue reading

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