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Teaching Materials Center

This guide is starting point for anyone seeking to learn about the resources available in the Teaching Materials Center. This includes: what general resources are available, how to find specific resources, and how to access materials.

Finding Diverse Children's Books

The example books on this page align with the definition of diversity provided by We Need Diverse Books:

"We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization."

One of the best tools to use to browse for and discover diverse children and young adult literature is NoveList Plus.

Among many other features, NoveList Plus allows you to filter for books with characters who are:

  • Culturally diverse
  • Religiously diverse
  • LGBTQIA diverse
  • Ability diverse 

For detailed instructions on how to use NoveList Plus to find diverse literature, visit the NoveList Plus page!

Examples of Diverse Children's Books

book cover for  Laxmi's mooch by Shelly Anand

Laxmi's Mooch

TMC Easy ANA

Fry Bread

Fry Bread

TMC Easy MAI

Crown

Crown

TMC Easy BAR

book cover for  Tomatoes for Neela by  Padma Lakshmi

Tomatoes for Neela

TMC Easy LAK

A Different Pond

A Different Pond

 TMC Easy PHI

Ojiichan's gift

Ojiichan's gift

TMC Easy UEG

Under the Same Sun

Under the Same Sun

TMC Easy ROB

All My Stripes

All My Stripes

TMC Easy RUD

This Day in June

This Day in June

TMC Easy PIT

Jing's Family

Jing's Family

TMC Easy RIL

Jack (Not Jackie)

Jack (Not Jackie)

 TMC Easy SIL

Just Ask!

Just Ask!

TMC Easy SOT

Still a Family

Still a Family

TMC Easy STU

Peekaboo Morning

Peekaboo Morning

TMC Easy ISA

All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome

TMC Easy PEN

book cover for Bright Star by Yuyi Morales

Bright Star

TMC Easy MOR

Zak's Safari

Zak's Safari

 TMC Easy TYN

Wild Berries

Wild Berries

TMC Easy FLE

Visiting Day

Visiting Day

TMC Easy WOO

Dreamers

Dreamers

TMC 921 MOR

The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

TMC Easy WOO

Juana and Lucas

Juana and Lucas

TMC Fiction MED

Thank You, Omu!

Thank You, Omu!

TMC Easy MOR

Rescue and Jessica

Rescue and Jessica

TMC Easy KEN

Different Abilities

Different Abilities

TMC 362.4 PET

Prince and Knight

Prince and Knight

TMC 398.2 HAA

A Friend for Henry

A Friend for Henry

TMC Easy BAI

Not Every Princess

Not Every Princess

TMC Easy BON

I Am Enough

I Am Enough

TMC Easy BYE

Honeysmoke

Honeysmoke

TMC Easy FIE

Hello Goodbye Dog

Hello Goodbye Dog

TMC Easy GIA

Yo Soy Muslim

Yo Soy Muslim

TMC Easy GON

Not So Different

Not So Different

TMC 921 BUR

Do You Sing Twinkle?

Do You Sing Twinkle?

 TMC Easy LEV

B Is for Baby

B Is for Baby

TMC Easy ATI

Nita's First Signs

Nita's First Signs

TMC Easy MAC

Sparkle Boy

Sparkle Boy

TMC Easy NEW

One

One

TMC Easy OTO

Pink Is for Boys

Pink Is for Boys

TMC Easy PEA

My Brother Charlie

My Brother Charlie

TMC Easy PEE

El Deafo

TMC 741.5 BEL

Examples of Diverse Young Adult Books

Pet

Pet

TMC Fiction EME

We Are Not Free

We Are Not Free

TMC Fiction CHE

I'll Be the One

I'll Be the One

TMC Fiction LEE

Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After

TMC Fiction CAL

I'm OK

I'm OK

TMC Fiction KIM

book cover for  The best at it by Maulik Pancholy

The Best At It

TMC Fiction PAN

Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

TMC Fiction RIV

The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

TMC Fiction YOO

book cover for  Firekeeper's daughter by Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper's Daughter

TMC Fiction BOU

As Brave as You

As Brave as You

TMC Fiction REY

book cover for  The last cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

The last Cuentista

TMC Fiction HIG

Under Shifting Stars

Under Shifting Stars

TMC Fiction LAT

book cover for  American as paneer pie by Supriya Kelkar

American as Paneer Pie

TMC Fiction KEL

book cover for Hello universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Hello Universe

TMC Fiction KEL

Lupe Wong Won't Dance

Lupe Wong Won't Dance

TMC Fiction HIG

They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

 TMC Fiction SIL

Furia

Furia

TMC Fiction MEN

A Thousand Questions

A Thousand Questions

TMC Fiction FAR

The Bridge

The Bridge

TMC Fiction KON

The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

TMC Fiction ATT

book cover for Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

Made in Korea

TMC Fiction SUK

book cover for  Internment by Samira Ahmed

Internment

TMC Fiction AHM

Every Body Looking

Every Body Looking

TMC Fiction ILO

Long Way Down

Long Way Down

TMC Fiction REY

Slay

Slay

TMC Fiction MOR

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

TMC Fiction MEN

Black Girl Unlimited

Black Girl Unlimited

TMC Fiction BRO

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

TMC Fiction WIL

Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

TMC Fiction WAT

Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose

TMC Fiction THO

Legendborn

Legendborn

TMC Fiction DEO

Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

TMC Fiction WIL

Dear Martin

Dear Martin

TMC Fiction STO

Miss Meteor

Miss Meteor

 TMC Fiction MEJ

A Burning

A Burning

TMC Fiction MAJ

How It Went Down

How It Went Down

TMC Fiction MAG

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Web Resources

There are also amazing web resources to browse and discover diverse books. Some of those resources are: