Do you remember the first time you started a new book and encountered a character who looked just like you? It can be a magical experience to read about someone who has hair or eyes or freckles like yours going on wonderful, thrilling adventures. For many of us, it’s an experience that’s easy to take for granted. But unfortunately, it’s an experience that not everyone gets to have.
Fortunately, literature for children and young adults has made great strides in diversifying the stories that are told, but we have a long way to go until everyone’s experiences and identities are reflected in the books available to them. Until we get there, check out these books: they might show you someone who looks just like you, or someone you’ve never met before. [Read more…] about Diverse Books: Seeing Yourself in Literature