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50+ Captivating & Diverse Texts for Secondary ELA

Hey y’all! Are you looking for diverse texts for secondary ELA? Do you want to grow your classroom library or find suggestions for a lit circle? Look no further!

I’ve written a lot of YA book reviews and created a lot of book “round-up” lists over the years, so I thought it would be helpful to compile my many recommendations here. 

Each list, unless otherwise specified, features a range of authors and protagonists, including BIPOC, queer, neuro-divergent voices.

And a final word about diversity and inclusion: no “one text” is going to develop your students’ empathy and thirst for justice. 

Instead, be sure to include a variety of voices throughout your shelves and curriculum, all year long.

Be sure to bookmark this list of diverse texts for secondary ELA as it will continually grow* 🙂

*Last updated June 2023

Growing list of diverse texts for secondary ELA

And last but not least, a list of my favorite YA reads of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

What kind of reviews do you want to see from me in the future? What kinds of diverse texts for Secondary ELA do YOU need?  Let me know in the comments, or on IG @nouvelle_ela

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