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Find more Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth
These outstanding books, which examine individual lives and American history, showcase a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds. They were reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2018, and January 2019.
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor. By Sonia Sotomayor. 2018. Delacorte, $17.99 (9781524771140). Gr. 7–10.
Readers will come away with a strong sense of the Supreme Court justice, who grew up in a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx. Her determination to stick to her values is a key part of this lively autobiography.
Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. By Carla Killough McClafferty. 2018. Holiday, $24.99 (9780823436972). Gr. 6–10.
A fascinating and factual look at six enslaved men and women who worked at Mount Vernon. The beautiful color illustrations feature period paintings and photos of artifacts.
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams. By Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illus. by James E. Ransome. 2018. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99 (9781481476843). Gr. 1–4.
Cut-paper illustrations boldly illustrate the stories of the Williams sisters, tennis greats who overcame odds to achieve their dreams.
Hammering for Freedom. By Rita Lorraine Hubbard. Illus. by John Holyfield. 2018. Lee & Low, $17.95 (9781600609695). Gr. 1–3.
The inspiring story of enslaved blacksmith William Lewis details how he worked to free himself and members of his family. Handsomely illustrated with vigor and tenderness.
La Frontera: El viaje con papá / My Journey with Papa. By Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva. Illus. by Claudia Navarro. Tr. by Mariá A. Pérez. 2018. Barefoot, $17.99 (9781782853886). Gr. 2–4.
The riveting yet calmly told story, movingly illustrated, of a father and son who leave Mexico to find a better life.
The LGBT Rights Movement. By Pat Rarus. 2018. ReferencePoint, $29.95 (9781682824221). Gr. 7–12.
Spanning the history from before Stonewall to marriage equality, this entry in the Push for Social Change series digs deep into this social-rights movement. Notable for the scope and clarity of writing.
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968. By Alice Fay Duncan. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. 2018. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, $17.99 (9781629797182). Gr. 3–6.
This impressive picture book, told from the point of view of a child who observed the strike, is illustrated with distinctive artwork and explains an important moment in the civil rights movement.
Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist. By Sylvia Acevedo. 2018. Clarion, $17.99 ( 9781328809568). Gr. 5–8.
Acevedo, born to Mexican American parents, details her sometimes-difficult life and explains how her time in the Girl Scouts encouraged her to excel in math and science.
Someone like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream. By Julissa Arce. 2018. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316481748). Gr. 6–9.
The former Wall Street wonder and social activist chronicles her life as an undocumented girl. Appreciative of both her heritage and the opportunities the U.S. has offered her, Arce offers an up-close perspective on a much-discussed topic.
Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice. By Lawrence Goldstone. 2018. Scholastic Focus, $17.99 (9781338239454). Gr. 9–12.
Spotlighting a horrific incident in 1873 where 100 freedmen in Louisiana were massacred, this gripping story provides a complex and useful historical context to both the event and the times.
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