Friday, October 10, 2014

Diversity in Books

I follow a lot of blogs about young adult books to keep up with what is happening. Today, I stumbled upon a really cool chart about diversity in YA.    These are just some of the titles that show various social issues, relationships, races, cultures and emotions that can be found in the genre.

But this doesn't mean that it is perfect. Of course not. The amount of books that don't touch the above outnumber the titles that do.  This is simply unacceptable.  Our lives are full of different experiences and people and the stories we read should reflect that reality.

And while the chart only mentions contemporary YA fiction, diversity is needed in every genre and subgenre. Not just in young adult books but also in adult romance novels, science fiction, horror, fantasy and nonfiction.  Think about it.

This amazing chart is made by 16-year-old Summer Khaleq.  Check her out at her blog over here:  MissFictional’s World of YA Books.  Also read her post over at the YALSA Blog.

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