Diversity Rocks Challenge

Diversity Rocks ChallengeHosted by Ali at Worducopia the Diversity Rocks Challenge is to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in the authors that we read.  I often don’t even know what the ethnic/racial background of an author that I read even is, so I wonder if I’ll have books I read that count but I don’t even realize.  I can’t wait to see how it goes!

I’ll be signing up under the #5 option:  

5. The Free Thinker
Got a better way to make this work for you? I’m easy. Tell me what your personal challenge is and consider yourself signed up. My only requirement is that it emphasizes diversity in reading and that it serves as an opportunity for you to broaden your horizons.

I didn’t join this challenge until July, 2009, the halfway point but so far I have read:

  1. Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson (African American)
  2. Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki, Illustrated by Steve Rolston (Asian)
  3. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (African American)
  4. Jellaby by Kean Soo (Asian)
  5. Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (African American)
  6. The Well by Mildred D. Taylor (African American)
  7. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (Chinese American)
  8. Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, Illustrated by Dom Lee (Japanese)
  9. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine, Illustrations by Kadir Nelson (illustrator: African American)
  10. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by Hudson Talbott (African American)
  11. Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee by Ken Mochizuki, Illustrated by Dom Lee (Japanese)
  12. Passage to Freedom, The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki, Illustrated by Dom Lee (Japanese)
  13. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (illustrator:  African American)
  14. The Voice That Challenged A Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman (African American)
  15. Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller (African)
  16. Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grime, Illustrated by Bryan Collier (African American)
  17. A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman (Sri Lankan)
  18. Wife of the Gods, An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey (African American)
  19. I Hadn’t Mean to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson (African American)
  20. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look (Chinese-American)
  21. Heroes by Ken Mochizuki, Illustrated by Dom Lee (Japanese-American)
  22. Zlata’s Diary, A Child’s Life in Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic (Bosnian)
  23. 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy in Collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez (Cuban)
  24. Hush by Jacqueline Woodson (African American)
  25. Chess Rumble by G. Neri, Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson (African-American)
  26. Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal
  27. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
  28. My Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed, Illlustrated by Catherine Stock (African American)
  29. Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (African American)
  30. Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué Rico! Americas’ Sproutings, Haiku by Pat Mora, Pictures by Rafael López (Illustrator  – Mexican)
  31. Gracias Thanks by Pat Mora, Illustrated by John Parra (Illustrator – Hispanic)
  32. War Child, A Child Soldier’s Story by Emmanuel Jal (Sudanese)
  33. They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys From Sudan by Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak with Judy A. Bernstein (Sudanese)
  34. I Am a Star, Child of the Holocaust by Inge Auerbacher (German)
  35. Picking Cotton, Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torne (African-American)
  36. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

Interesting, they are all children’s books so far.  In the next six months, I will be committing to round it up to a total of 40 books.  What the heck.  Aim high right?  The fun is in the trying!

One comment


  1. I wish you could see me grinning from ear to ear. 40 books! You probably will do it, too!

    Welcome to the party, Natasha! Glad to have you aboard.

    on July 2nd, 2009 at 7:04 am

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