Diversity Reading Lists


Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

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The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. For 84 years, the distinguished books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds. Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book awards in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for social justice. Presented by the Cleveland Foundation, it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. Visit the The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards website to learn more and to see a complete list of winners.

Black Caucus Selections from ALA

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association Awards:  The Black Caucus of the American Library Association Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

Coretta Scott King Award

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Coretta Scott King AwardThe Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

Pura Belpre Award

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Pura Belpre Award: The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.

Schneider Family Book Award

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Schneider Family Book AwardThe Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for children and adolescent audiences.

Stonewall: Barbara Gittings Literature Award (GLBT)

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Stonewall: Barbara Gittings Literature Award (GLBT)The first and most enduring award for lesbigay books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table. To learn more about the Stonewall Book Awards and to see previous winners click here.

Stonewall: Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award (GLBT)

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Stonewall: Israel Fishman Nonficiton Award (GLBT): The first and most enduring award for lesbigay books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table. To learn more about the Stonewall Book Awards and to see previous winners click here.