Guided by research that shows kids benefit from books that “mirror” their own cultures, identities, and experiences as well as provide “windows” into the lives and experiences of others, SMART Reading has taken steps to diversify the books in our program by adding books that reflect the identities and experiences of students who may have been historically (and in many cases, are currently) underrepresented in literature. Our goal is for all kids to have access to diverse, high-interest books in SMART Reading. Here is a list of a few of our favorite titles:

  • Dim Sum for Everyone – Grace Lin
  • Dreamers – Yuyi Morales
  • Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music – Margarita Engle
  • Families, Families, Families! – Suzanne Lang
  • Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry
  • I’m New Here – Anne Sibley O’Brien
  • Jacob’s New Dress – Sarah & Ian Hoffman
  • Julian is a Mermaid – Jessica Love
  • Lucia the Luchadora – Cynthia Leonor Garza
  • Meet Yasmin! – Saadia Faruqi
  • Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina – Monica Brown
  • Mixed Me! – Taye Diggs
  • My Brother Charlie – Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
  • Neither – Airlie Anderson
  • One Family – George Shannon
  • Rescue and Jessica – Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
  • Salt In His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream – Deloris Jordan
  • The Colors of Us – Karen Katz
  • The Proudest Blue – Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali
  • Tiger in My Soup – Kashmira Sheth