The Importance of Diversity
Diversity in the young adult fiction world has become increasingly important in recent years. Reading has always been more than just a pastime, it’s a passport to other cultures and experiences. A chance to see the world through someone else's eyes. And in our ever-globalized world, where we are more connected than ever before, it’s vital that we seek to empathize and educate ourselves about the world around us.
So to have stories that represent a variety of cultures, races, genders and abilities ensures that not only each reader finds themselves represented in the fictional characters but also that we discover characters that we may not have encountered before. This is paramount! This is why the core theme of The Color of Music is EMPATHY. Throughout the book, Esme learns to respect others that have been raised in a place and culture different from our own. Empathy is a superpower to help us navigate this life. So, with that in mind, we wanted to celebrate some other books that highlight diverse experiences and expand our world perspective.
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