We’re closing out our #ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2017 series with author Soman Chainani. His popular series School of Good & Evil is being made into a movie!
He’s also a contributor for We Need Diverse Books anthology, Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh. We are giving away a copy of Flying Lessons.
Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.
Diversity Books for Tweens
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
Heartfelt and multifaceted, Yoon’s sophomore novel is a stunning reflection on how much life relies on chance and the opportunities we do or don’t take. [young adult, ages 13 and up]
GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Jaye Robin Brown
Contrary to most fiction, the world that Brown creates around Jo and her girlfriend pits some of the best and worst realities of small-town life against each other — and ultimately allows love to win. [young adult, ages 13 and up]
LUCY AND LINH by Alice Pung
For any fan of Mean Girls, the setting of this story will be familiar, but Pung’s sharp, incredulous observations from the margins make this read thoroughly original. [young adult, ages 13 and up]
AS BRAVE AS YOU by Jason Reynolds
As unforgettable as it is funny and touching, Reynolds’ book draws on a rich cast of characters to tell a wholly relatable story about family, summer, and growing up. [chapter book, ages 10 and up]
SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN by Crystal Allen
True to the promise in its title, this is a rare narrative that touches on bullying and social pitfalls at school without ever losing its buoyant tone. [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
GEORGE by Alex Gino
For anyone who’s felt out of place, even (or perhaps especially) within their own skin, this is a must-read. Earnest and deeply empathetic, this book proves that there’s no wrong way to be a girl. [chapter book, ages 10 and up]
ENCHANTED AIR: TWO CULTURES, TWO WINGS by Margarita Engle
Engle’s story, expressed beautifully in verse, will resonate with readers of every age, but especially with those who are navigating between cultures. [chapter book, ages 10 and up]
FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES edited by Ellen Oh
Created by the founder of “We Need Diverse Books,” this short story collection features award-winning authors telling their most personal stories with humor, empathy, and a unique focus on issues often left out of kids’ books. (Shameless self-promotion: look out for my story about a mischievous grandmother and her grandson!) [short story anthology, ages 8 and up]
Flying Lessons GIVEAWAY
To win a copy, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. We can only mail to U.S. addresses due to the high cost of postage.
Photo credit: David J. Martin
SOMAN CHAINANI is an award-winning filmmaker and the New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil series., which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His film work has screened at hundreds of festivals worldwide, and The School for Good and Evil will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios, with Soman writing the screenplay. He grew up idolizing both Walt Disney and Madonna and is determined to find a career that allows him to be a little bit of both. His story “Flying Lessons” is based on the trips he took with his own glamorous, madcap Nani, who taught him that the greatest joys of the world are in its differences. Soman lives in New York City. To learn more about Soman, check out his website and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
To find more diverse and multicultural books for children, please check out our Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents. We also have Pinterest board full of ideas:
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