Our Favorite Diverse Books of 2021

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Happy New Year! As we start a new year, this is the perfect time to reflect on some of our favorite books released in 2021. We read hundreds of books a year, so it’s always challenging to put these lists together. 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. Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty

2. A Friend Like You by Frank Murphy and Charnaie Gordon

3. Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris

4. A Neighborhood Walk, A Musical Journey by Pilar Winter Hill

5. A Sari for Ammi by Mamta Nainy

6. Baby Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamia Wilson

7. Carla and the Christmas Cornbread by Carla Hall

8. Change Sings by Amanda Gorman

9. Hair Twins by Raakhee Mirchandani

10. Isabel and Her Colores Go To School by Alexandra Alessandri

11. My Body is a Rainbow: The Color of My Feelings by Mallika Chopra

12. Room for Everyone by Naaz Khan

13. Ruby’s Reunion Day Dinner by Angela Dalton

14. Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVyne Betsch by Heidi Tyline King

15. Shady Baby by Gabrielle Union

16. Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham

17. The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watsom

18. The Color Collector by Nicholas Solis

19. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford

20. What Will You Be? by Yamile Saied Méndez

Did any of your favorites from this year make the list? We pray you and your family have good health, joy, peace, and lots of great books to read in 2022!

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