Our Favorite Diverse Books of 2020

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Can you all believe 2020 has come to an end? As we sit and reflect on all that has happened this year, there was some sadness, grief, and sickness. But we also found ways to create new memories and to find joy in the small things. Books, as usual, played a large role in how we spent a lot of our time together. There were so many great books released in 2020, it was hard to narrow this list to just 25 picks. They are shown here in alphabetical order and I’ve created Bookshop and Amazon lists that can be used for easy purchasing or for saving library holds.

1. A Girl Like You by Frank Murphy and Carla Murphy

2. A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno by Anika Aldamuy Denise

3. All Because You Matter by Tami Charles

4. Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

5. A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott

6. I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

7. Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd

8. Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy

9. Bunheads by Misty Copeland

10. Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez

11. Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery

12. I Am One: A Book of Action by Susan Verde

13. If Dominican Were a Color by Sili Recio

14. I Promise by Lebron James

15. Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall

16. Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

17. Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris

18. Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali

19. Outside In by Deborah Underwood

20. Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen

21. The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha

22. The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

23. The Square Root of Possible by Lyn Sisson-Talbert

24. We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

25. Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Did any of your favorites make the list? We wish you and your family good health, joy, peace, and lots of great books to read in 2021!

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