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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 page as the lists will be continually growing ūüôā

LGBTQ+ Novel Recs

LGBTQ+ Books for Middle Grade

Books Featuring LGBTQ+ Protaganists 

YA + MG books with Trans characters

Short texts by LGBTQ+ authors

Book Recs from the YA Cafe Podcast

Reviews from our first season

Reviews from our second season

Genre Recommendation Lists

Inclusive fantasy/sci-fi novels 

Mysteries and thillers 

YA books about sports

Horror Stories for Teens

Middle grade fantasy novels

Book Recs to Broaden Horizons

YA books by Asian American authors

Books for teaching about immigration

YA lit by Indigenous authors and even MORE Indigenous Texts for Secondary ELA

YA/MG books by Latinx authors

Inclusive fairytale retellings

YA/MG books by Muslim & Arab authors

YA novels with a strong female protagonist

Personal narrative examples by Latinx authors

Inclusive Recommendations for ELA

Books to help students fall in love with poetry 

Professional development books for ELA teachers

Short story anthologies

Inclusive + engaging nonfiction for teens

YA + MG books for “reluctant readers”

Science fiction poems for ELA

15 Songs to use in ELA and 15 MORE songs to use in ELA 

TV episodes to use in ELA and the sequel post, even more TV episodes to use in ELA

TED Talks for young writers

Books and nonfiction for a Social Justice Lit Circle

Short Films for ELA

Songs for Black History Month

Contemporary short stories for middle school and high school

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

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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