Diversity in YA


1. This is not a comprehensive list (I’m just getting started) so please contact me if you have additions.  Also these books are on here because the either have a main character who is poc/queer, written by someone who is poc/queer, and/or have a secondary character (who has a “big enough part”) who is poc/queer.

2. While most of these are YA there is a NA book in here & a non-fiction teen book

3. Most of these books fall into the Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian & Paranormal genres because that’s what I read a lot of as a child & it was hard for me to find people of color or queer characters and/or POC or Queer authors in these genres.

4. I have not read all of these books but I’m getting there.  If you want more background information on why I’m doing this check here and here!  Also because I haven’t read them all I can’t promise that all of them portray POC/Queer people non-sterotypically/harmfully, if I find out they do, I’ll remove them (you’re also free to let me know).

5. A lot of these books are in a series so I only included the first one for the full list see my Diversity in YA shelf: Patrice Caldwell's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (diversity-in-ya shelf)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Diverse Energies
Brooklyn Girls
City of Bones
Clockwork Angel
The Maze Runner
The Hunger Games
Perfect Chemistry
The House of the Scorpion
Since You Asked

The Chaos

The Summer Prince The Immortal Rules

The Iron King

The Lost Prince

Openly Straight   LiarHuntress  Adaptation    Proxy



The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

Keeping You a Secret

Silver PhoenixTankbornWhat's Left of Me

OrleansPretty Little Liars


Be the change 🙂  As, one of my favorite authors, Holly Black once said:
“As someone who is not a person of color and who worries about messing up myself, I am probably the last person who should be giving anyone advice.  But I think that we as writers have an obligation to tell the truth about the world — and diverse world is a true world.  I also think that we have to be conscious of which stories are ours to tell, which stories we have points of identification with and which stories we need to do more work if we want tell responsibly.”

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