1. African American Authors

    Expand your knowledge of these authors and illustrators and the stories they write.

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  2. African American Booklist

    Celebrate African American heritage, tradition, and achievement when you share the stories of African Americans throughout history and inspire young readers to learn more about their relevance today.

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  3. American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations titles

    Titles to share to help readers of all ages get to know Native people and their nations.

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  4. Asian American and Pacific Islander Recommended Titles

    Share stories that celebrate major figures and telling titles about the lives of everyday men, women, and children who made and are making history.

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  5. Diverse Books with Trailblazing Women

    In these selected titles you’ll find authors, artists and architects, rulers and rebels, athletes and astronauts, musicians, mothers of invention and many, many more famous and influential women.

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  6. Great Poetry to Read Aloud

    The list includes poems and collections of poetry from different cultures, introductions to a variety of poetic forms, and playful language for lots of read aloud fun.

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  7. Hispanic Heritage Booklists

    Colorín Colorado’s children’s Hispanic Heritage booklists feature biography, history, cultural traditions, family stories, fun stories, and titles about growing up Latino.

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  8. LGBTQ Recommended Reading

    Find books in this list that reflect on the LGBTQ experience along with titles about pride, tolerance, and diversity.

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  9. Read Across America: State by State

    Travel across a map of the U.S. by reading books that take place in each of the states! In this list, you’ll find fiction and nonfiction titles to engage readers of all ages—from preschool through high school. There are many classics and favorites, but also new and diverse reading choices.

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  10. Spanish/English Bilingual Booklist

    Celebrate reading in two languages with titles featured in this Bilingual Booklist from Colorín Colorado. 

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For more recommended book lists, see NEA’s full catalog on WorldCat.

Additional recommended books from trusted sources

Turn to these trusted organizations for more recommendations and advice on choosing the best in children’s literature.

OurStory, We Need Diverse Books

Books by Theme for Elementary-Age Children, Reading Rockets

Award-Winning and Notable Children’s Books, American Library Association

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read, Cooperative Children’s Book Center

60 Carefully Selected Lists of Multicultural and Social Justice Books for Children, Young Adults, and Educators, Social Justice Books

Great Reads Recommended by Authors and Illustrators, The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance

In addition to taking advantage of these booklists, NEA recommends that you seek out your school librarian or the children’s librarian at your local public library. Librarians work incredibly hard to keep up with what’s new and awesome in children’s literature. Ask them for recommendations, especially for great books to read aloud.