Check out our 2018 Diversity padlet! We recommend these great books for middle school readers:
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Below is our 2016 Padlet of diverse read suggestions:
Gene Luen Yang- National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
Acceptance Speech found here: http://boingboing.net/2016/01/08/gene-luen-yangs-inaugural-sp.html
On Gene Luen Yang's website you will find this outline of his platform:
"My platform is Reading Without Walls. I want kids to explore the world through books, to read outside of their comfort zones. Specifically, I want them – and you – to do one of three things:
- Read a book with someone on the cover who doesn’t look like you or live like you. Books are a great way to get to know people who are different from us. By reading other people’s stories, we can develop insight and compassion.
- Read a book about a topic that you find intimidating. My pet project in this area is promoting books about science, technology, engineering, and math. Often, people think of stories and science as completely separate, but they’re not. Stories are a great way to learn science.
- Read a book in a format that you’ve never tried before. If you only read books with words, give a graphic novel a try. If you only read graphic novels, try a prose novel, a novel in verse, or a hybrid (half graphic, half prose) novel."