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Diverse Books for Christmas

During Christmas I love to give books to the young people in my life. Books are relatively inexpensive and open new worlds for kids to explore.

One of my fondest memories as a parent was the year that I didn’t have a lot of money for gifts. My son and I made books for our family. We took white construction paper. He narrated a story that I then wrote on the paper and he drew pictures. We made three holes along the edge of the folded pages and tied it with ribbon. It was a low-cost option that was one of the most memorable gifts we’ve ever given. On Christmas Day my family went around and read the stories. It felt so personal and gave my parents and siblings a chance to know my son’s wild, crazy, funny imagination.

I have been reading a lot of children’s books this year and compiled a list of diverse books for kids of all ages.

Picture Books

  • Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash by Monica Brown

  • A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Chapter Books

  • Lola Levine is Not Mean (the whole series is great) by Monica Brown

  • Lulu and the Hamster in the Night by Hilary McKay

  • Izzy Barr, Running Star by Claudia Mills

  • Battle Bugs: The Lizard War by Jack Patton

Young Adult

  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  • Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

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