Tuesday 7 October 2014

We Need Diverse Books Display

A levels come with crazy amounts of work. So, I'm going to make it clear that I am not going to be stopping blogging any time soon (hopefully). It just can't be the priority of my life. I am still always going to enjoy books and reading though!

Proof I still love books: I got permission from my school librarian to make this display, and Sarah, Rebecca and I did. In one of the main corridors. There’s also a display inside the library, with bookstands of the books we have in stock (photos to follow).

These books I have either read and enjoyed, or I know many people who read and enjoyed them.

This list is in no way complete, I just chose the books that were either in the library or were likely to be in major bookshops in the UK and that would be suitable for people 11-18 years old.

I'm really proud of this display. For one, it was hard to decide which of my favourite books would be appreciated by many others, and find some other books (there are very few books with middle eastern and muslim characters that I know of).
Then there was the decisions on how to arrange it. We were thinking of intersectionals in the middle, then groups around the side by what kind of characters each book had (queer characters, Asian characters, disabled characters etc.) We decided against it because composition was more important than information for this display, as we have a list organised by type printed. Then we just started arranging with major intersectionals in the middle and by colour around the outside and by chance the symmetry and colour worked out really well. Also, Sarah really likes the centre of Hollow Pike and The Night Itself and and that they're facing in opposite directions.

The empty space is for people to come into the library, and fill out a heart with recommendations of their own on. What else would you add?

Close ups and list of books under the cut.

 Lesbian/ gay  characters
o   The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
o   The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky    
o   Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
o   Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
o   Maggot Moon by Sally Gardener
o   Annie on my Mind by Nancy Gardener
o   Ash by Malinda Lo
o   The Difference between You and Me by Madeline George
o   A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke

Bisexual characters
o   Hollow Pike by James Dawson
o   Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
o   Far From You by Tesse Sharpe
o   Proxy by Alex London

Trans* characters
o   I am J by Cris Beam
o   Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Asian  characters
o   The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott
o   The Bubblewrap Boy by Phil Earle
o   Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
o   Cinder by Marissa Marr
o   Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

A Mix of Everything
o   Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
o   Pantomime by Laura Lam
o   Every Day by David Levithan
o   Adaptation by Malinda Lo
o   Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
o   Skulk by Rosie Best
o   Young Avengers

Middle Eastern
o   Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

African characters
o   The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch
o   Fake ID by Lamar Giles
o   Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

o   Knife by R J Anderson
o   The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
o   Wonder by R. J. Palacio
o   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
o   She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick


  1. What a great display! I'm so excited by this recent push towards promoting diversity from everyone. It makes my heart happy.

  2. That's such an awesome list (And display!) that I can't actually think of any other titles I'd put on there! Such a great idea to have this in your school and I hope other schools do it too:D


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