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World Book Day Celebration: Diverse book recommendations for children and teens

Today, Thursday the 4th of March 2021, is World Book Day!

This day holds so many memories for me growing up. Every year while I attended both primary and high school I would dress up as a book character to celebrate this day. In return I would receive a £1 book token to purchase either a special WBD novella for free or to use as £1 off any other children’s books.

To celebrate World Book Day a bunch of wonderful bloggers and I have each put together a post recommending diverse children’s and teen novels for you all, no matter your age I’m sure there is most definitely at least one book in one of our lists that you will enjoy! Personally my list contains so many of my own favourites.

Here are the bloggers taking part:

List of all the bloggers taking part and their Instagram and Twitter usernames.

The diverse books I recommend
I’ve split my recommendations into four categories, mainly based on age range, and recommended three titles for each category. When it came to the Teen/YA section, it was so difficult to narrow it down to simply three books but I gave it my best shot! If I’ve mentioned two books it’s because they’re by the same author and I’m counting this as one recommendation.. it was hard! I’ve noted the rep included in the books in brackets after each title.

Picture books
Julián is a Mermaid & Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love (LGBTQ+)
Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai (Author of Colour, Memoir)
Look Up by Nathan Bryon (Author of Colour)

Cover image of Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love.
Cover image of Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai.
Cover image of Look Up by Nathan Bryon.

Children’s/Middlegrade books
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston (Author of Colour)
George & Rick by Alex Gino (Genderqueer author, Transgender MC in George, Aroace MC in Rick)
A Kind of Spark & Show Us Who You Really Are by Elle McNicoll (Neurodivergent author, neurodivergent main characters)

Cover image of Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston.
Cover image of George by Alex Gino.
Cover image of A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll.

Teen/Young Adult
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (LGBTQ+ Black author & main character)
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (Author of Colour, LGBTQ+ – sapphic)
Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp (Non-binary author, trans disabled MC, autistic MC, non-binary MC)

Cover image of The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta.
Cover image of The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar.
Cover image of Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp.

Graphic Novels
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (Author of Colour, LGBTQ+ story)
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (LGBTQ+ – sapphic)
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Non-binary MC, deaf MC, side characters in F/F relationship)

Cover image of The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen.
Cover image of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki.
Cover image of Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker.

And those are my recommendations!
Have you read any of these books? Or are they on your TBR?

Interested in reading more World Book Day posts? Why not check out Nenah’s post over at Type 1 Fiction and Katherine’s post over at The Writing Hideout?

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post.
Bookishly yours,
Hâf


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Amari and the Night Brothers – Book Review
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