Diverse Children's Books

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Our theme for today’s Diverse Children’s Books linkup is Favorite International Book(s) for Children. Share your favorite book or books that take place in a different country than where you live! (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.) This is my pick:

Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J. H. Shapiro, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

MAGIC TRASH: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art. He literally turned trash into art to save his decaying Detroit neighborhood. And it worked. The Heidelberg Project is more than 30 years old.

Visit this remarkable public art display in Detroit or online at www.heidelberg.org.


What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.


We hope this community will grow into a great resource for parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors! Our next linkup will be Saturday, September 3rd and on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Upcoming Themes

Our theme for the current linkup is Favorite International Book(s) for Children. Themes are a suggestion only; all diverse book posts are welcome. If you’re interested, you can start planning now for our upcoming themes …

  • September 3rd linkup: Diverse Book(s) Featuring a Character with a Disability. (Need ideas? Check out past winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards.)
  • September 17th linkup: Favorite Bilingual Book(s). Think about your favorite book or books that are published in bilingual (or multiple language) editions.

Most Clicked Post from Last Time

Our most clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit is Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside of the United States (By Continent) from Ricki and Kellee at Unleashing Readers. They each share a favorite book from the five populated continents, excluding North America.

#DiverseKidLit is Hosted by:

Katie @ The Logonauts
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / PinterestBeth @ Pages and Margins
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / PinterestCarolina @ La Clase de Sra. DuFault
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Google+Gayle Swift, Author of ABC, Adoption & Me
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Jane @ Rain City Librarian
Blog / Twitter / Instagram

Marjorie @ Mirrors Windows Doors
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom
Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram

Myra @ Gathering Books
Blog / Twitter / Facebook

Guest Host for August

Shoumi Sen, Author of Toddler Diaries
Blog / Twitter / Facebook

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Want to be notified when the next #diversekidlit linkup goes live? Click here to join the mailing list. Interested in joining as a host or an occasional co-host? Contact katie at thelogonauts.com.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Great share. Wasn’t familiar with “Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art.”
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    • Hi Patricia,
      I love how he changed the town and saved it from urban decay during a very rough time period when most Detroit inner city communities were suffering. Art that can change the world is something my oldest is fascinated by. Art for Social Change might be the next big thing for her generation. Amen to that!
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  2. Magic Trash sounds like my kind of story, Mia–can’t wait to read it! Very inspirational!

    • Hi Maria,
      I loved it! I need to cover it on my blog. My daughter took a class at RISD that focused on Art in Modern Society and she told me about different public artists that used their art to change the world. They got famous because of it and “commercialized” but I think that’s such a powerful inspiration to realize that art can affect social change. She is starting a Public Art Club at her high school. It started out of the chalk drawings that I had on my Instragram that she did with her friends, but now she’s thinking in a new direction. Different mediums besides chalk and about how it can educate people about issues and even make their lives better. Interesting stuff! I’m really looking forward to seeing what she will do with this in her lifetime!
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  3. What a wonderful story about a man with a vision!

  4. Outstanding. I’m definitely going to have to take a look at this children’s book!

  5. Awesome post, Mia. Thank you for creating this resource. I’m joining the mailing list and following the Pinterest board right now!

  6. Great post! We need more diverse books! 😀
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