The Best of The Best Diverse Booklists of 2020

Now that our calendars have flipped to a bright, shiny New Year, “Best of” lists are everywhere and their purpose is to help us recap and remember one of the craziest years on record.

And there seems to be “Best Of” lists for everything from songs and movies to face-covering styles and funny Zoom outtakes. Some people might argue that the best part of 2020 is that it is OVER, but we firmly believe that the sun is always shining even on a cloudy day and there is *usually* always a silver lining somewhere.

That being said, let’s focus on what we know best; what books could be considered the Best Diverse Books of 2020 because there was a TON! As January marches forward, we know that these lists will become more common, but in the meantime here are a few of The Best of The Best Diverse Booklists of 2020. Enjoy!

Jodie from Growing Book by Book shares her 20 Favorite Books for Kids of 2020 in multiple categories.

Svenja from Colours of Us wrapped up her  ‘Best of 2020’ series with this exciting list of the 50 best multicultural young adult books of 2020!  The books on this list range from fiction to non-fiction, from novel to graphic novel, and include a wide variety of ethnicities and subjects — something for every avid reader!  The 50 Best Multicultural Young Adult Books of 2020

NOW, let’s look to the upcoming 12 months to see what awesome diverse kidlit books we can expect to be able to get our hot little hands on! Charnaie from Here Wee Read always has exceptional booklists and her Ultimate List of Diverse Books for 2021 is a perfect example!

The MCBD Team is honored to acknowledge how the world of diversity in children’s literature has evolved over the last decade. We continue to be fueled by the passion of parents, teachers, readers, authors, and publishers who strive to make this world a better world by requesting, writing, and reading the inspiring books that teach, enchant, and encourage. We honestly can not wait to see what amazing offerings and conversations come to light in 2021!

Becky Flansburg


Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 8th annual celebration will take place on January 29, 2021. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.

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