For the last year I have been searching for books to put on my classroom shelves that would give more of a representation of multiracial heritages. My current school is very diverse. Many of my students are multiracial like me. I want my students to be able to see themselves in the literature offered in my library instead of having the same experience I did (and still do) in reading. I want my students to realize that we don't have to inhabit just one world, but we are all made up of many pieces of a puzzle.
Unfortunately, it's a tall order to ask for a mirror of my specific story. (Surprisingly, no one has written about living on a Midwestern farm with a White mom and a Black/Carib Indian father. 2020 has been both a liberating and a marginalizing time to be multiracial for me.) Not unfortunately, more and more authors are writing about their own multiracial experiences or creating characters that will represent them. I pray that my students will see themselves in these books but will also be opened up to new cultures and inclusive ways of thinking.
Below are a few of the books that I have added to my classroom shelves for next year, listed in alphabetical order by title. I even threw in a few middle grade novels! Some I've read, and some I haven't. I would love to add even more to this list with your help!
If you're like me, you can't get enough bookish talk. I look for it everywhere: on my Instagram, on my Snapchat, and even with my podcasts. I narrowed down my list of favorite podcasts to my top five for you to enjoy along side of me. I can't go one episode of these bookish podcasts without adding three or four new books to my ever-growing TBR pile (or my To Read List on Goodreads). Check out a few of my favorites below (in no particular order) and let me know if I missed any of your favorite podcasts that help you become Booked Up!