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SFPL Book Lists – A Great Resource for Diverse Books!

I’m always on the hunt for a good book! I especially love reading books that include the amazing diversity of my world. It’s not always easy to find books that reflect this diversity however. That’s why I wanted to share a great resource for finding new diverse books.

SF Public Library Book Lists


Go to any one of your local SF Public Library branches to check out book lists on the following categories:

  • African-American Heritage
  • Asian-American Heritage
  • Middle Eastern Culture
  • Books about Kids with Disabilities
  • Lesbian and Gay characters in Books for Children
  • Latino Heritage

Based on these lists, I can’t wait to read the following books!

The SFPL book lists include books for a variety of age groups, and includes picture books, biographies, fiction and non-fiction. I’ve included pictures and descriptions from the book lists shown above.

Let’s Talk about Race by Julius Lester, Illustrated by Karen Barbour

“In simple terms that children can understand, Lester explains how we are all the same under our skin.”




Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan

“When her long-lost mother reappears, Naomi is glad Bram takes her and her younger brother back to Oaxaca to find their father and gain legal custody.”





No Big Deal by Ellen Jaffe McLain

‘When Janice’s favorite teacher is rumored to be gay and her mother joins the movement to oust him, Janice stands up for him.





Do You Remember the Color Blue? And Other Questions Kids Ask About Blindness by Sally Hobart Alexander

“Kids ask questions of an author who has been blind for more than 20 years, questions such as, “Do people treat you differently?”



The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East  by Naomi Shihab Nye

“Poets and artists from 20 countries speak of childhood, family, daily life and the natural world in their homelands.”

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats by Simonds, Nina

“Five major Chinese festivals are highlighted through tales, recipes and activities.”

Do you have any great books to recommend? What do you want to read next?

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