Some recommendations from Bustle:
This past week The New York Times published an op-ed titled “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” The writer, children’s book author Walter Dean Myer, notes that out of the 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, only 93 were about black children. Having protagonists of color in children’s and YA books gives a wider readership insight into different spaces populated with different faces, but that’s not all it does. It also gives children of color a sense of who they are and who can they can be, the way children’s books have done for white kids since there have been children’s books. So, in tribute to authors who push for diversity in their characters, we’ve gathered up our favorite YA novels featuring people of color. But don’t just bookmark these novels as gifts for teens. These reads are so nuanced and complex they’re good for adults, too.