20 #OwnVoices Books To Share With Middle and High School Kids

Introduction: Representation matters, especially for young readers who are looking for stories that reflect their own experiences and identities. #OwnVoices books, written by authors who share the same identity as their characters, provide authentic and diverse narratives that resonate with readers. In this article, we will introduce 20 #OwnVoices books that are perfect for middle and high school kids. These books cover a wide range of genres and themes, offering a diverse and inclusive reading experience for young readers.

  1. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  2. “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie
  4. “Aru Shah and the End of Time” by Roshani Chokshi
  5. “George” by Alex Gino
  6. “I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé” by Michael Arceneaux
  7. “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros
  8. “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo
  9. “Front Desk” by Kelly Yang
  10. Ghost” by Jason Reynolds
  11. “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang
  12. “Internment” by Samira Ahmed
  13. “Inside Out & Back Again” by Thanhha Lai
  14. “The Gilded Wolves” by Roshani Chokshi
  15. “Juliet Takes a Breath” by Gabby Rivera
  16. “Genesis Begins Again” by Alicia D. Williams
  17. “The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora” by Pablo Cartaya
  18. “We Are Not From Here” by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  19. “Piecing Me Together” by Renée Watson
  20. “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui

Conclusion: These 20 #OwnVoices books offer powerful and authentic stories that can inspire and empower middle and high school kids. Whether they are exploring their own identities or seeking to understand the experiences of others, these books provide a window into diverse cultures, communities, and perspectives. By reading #OwnVoices books, young readers not only engage with meaningful stories but also promote empathy, understanding, and inclusion. So, why not add these books to your reading list and embark on a journey of discovery with these incredible authors?