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Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology - written by the best children's authors - celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children's publishing and popularity as New York Times best sellers.

From these distinguished authors comes 10 distinct and vibrant stories.

Table of contents and cast of narrators:

  • "Foreword", written and read by Ellen Oh
  • "How to Transform an Everyday Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium" by Matt de la Peña, read by Dion Graham
  • "The Difficult Path" by Grace Lin, read by Samantha Quan
  • "Sol Painting, Inc.", written and read by Meg Medina
  • "Secret Samantha" by Tim Federle, read by Julia Whelan
  • "The Beans and Rice Chronicles of Isaiah Dunn" by Kelly J. Baptist, read by Adam Lazarre-White
  • "Choctaw Bigfoot, Midnight in the Mountains", written and read by Tim Tingle
  • "Main Street" by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Abigail Revasch
  • "Flying Lessons" by Soman Chainani, read by Sunil Malhotra
  • "Seventy-Six Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents", written and read by Kwame Alexander
  • "Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push" by Walter Dean Myers, read by Dominic Hoffman
  • "About We Need Diverse Books", read by Ellen Oh

©2016 Ellen Oh (P)2016 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"...there's plenty of magic in this collection to go around." ( Booklist)
"Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable, this collection of short stories is an excellent addition for libraries and classrooms." ( School Library Journal)
"A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers." ( Kirkus)

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  • Joyce H.
  • 28-10-17

This book is a GEM of great worth.

Share this book with the young adult readers in your life. They will surely find at least one character they can identify with, but more likely many more. They will also gain insights that can help them live with understanding in a diverse world.

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  • Leah Walters
  • 10-04-18

Perfect Examples of Growing Up Human

This is a captivating collection of stories for all people of all ages. There’s always a temptation to hold books labeled with diversity for particular months or particular lessons— please resist all such urges and just read the stories, which are especially perfect for every tween and teen you know.