As an avid reader, books have always been my escape into another world. From journeys across space to quests in magical places, books open doors you may have never even imagined. Stories provide teens, children, and even adults connections to people different than themselves and cultures different than their own. The true magic of reading is that it sparks emotional intelligence and empathy in readers.
In an interview with LitHub, author Sunil Yapa says “Empathy is a profound act of imagination and human connection. In fiction, we imagine ourselves into other people’s experiences. Of course, another word for that is ‘reading.’”
Books give readers an opportunity to explore the human experience, foster important discussions, and seek diverse perspectives in meaningful and enjoyable ways. By gifting a teen in your life a book, you’re giving them so much more.
How do I choose great books?
We’ve curated multiple lists spanning several genres to help you narrow down the perfect gift! These lists include diverse characters and authors, award winners, 2020 debuts, staff favorites and so much more. Check them out below:
Check out this great blog post at We Need Diverse Books on the importance of choosing diverse books for community or school-wide reads. Pro-tip: these are also great reasons to read diverse books as a family!