Some Good Reads

I have loved to read forever. When I was a kid, most of the books I loved were about white boys living in the United States. I never questioned why — that’s just who was in the books, and I loved the books.

Slowly, the choices of books are changing. You can find books about black kids, queer kids, fierce girls, brown kids, kids who speak other languages, kids with disabilities and complicated families. It’s a joy to see more of these books on the shelves. Here is a list of some of my current favorites. I hope it quickly becomes outdated with new favorites.

The Crossover – Kwame Alexander
Chasing Shadows – Swati Avasthi
Zora and Me – Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
Fat Angie – e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 – Christopher Paul Curtis
Mexican White Boy – Matt de la Peña
The Living – Matt de la Peña
The Only Road – Alexandra Diaz
One Crazy Summer – Rita Williams Garcia
p.s. – Be Eleven – Rita Williams Garcia
Gino – Alex George
Dream Country – Shannon Gibney
Girl Mans Up – M-E Girard
Hooper – Geoff Herbach
Darius the Great is not Okay – Adib Khorram
Radical – Emily Kokie
Adaptation – Malinda Lo
Being Fishkill – Ruth Lehrer
Ink and Ashes – Valynne E. Maetani
Blanca y Roja – Anna-Marie McLemore
When the Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore
Burn Baby Burn – Meg Medina
Merci Suárez Changes Gears – Meg Medina
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass – Meg Medina
Not Otherwise Specified – Hannah Moskowitz
Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor
Rani Patel in Full Effect – Sonia Patel
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
Last Night I Sang to the Monster – Benjamin Alire Saenz
Dear Martin – Nic Stone
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
How I Became a Ghost – Tim Tingle
Piecing Me Together – Renée Watson
This Side of Home – Renée Watson
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo – F.C. Yee