Why read diverse books?

  1. To find a book in which you see yourself reflected in its pages.
  2. To read books about others who are different from you in order to increase your understanding and empathy.

THE CHALLENGE: read one book from eight of the eleven categories.

  1. Adoption and Foster Care
  2. Body Image
  3. Immigration
  4. Learning Challenges
  5. LGBTQIA+ Youth
  6. Mental Health
  7. Nature and Environmentalism
  8. Physical Disability
  9. Poverty and Homelessness
  10. Race and Ethnicity
  11. Religion and Spirituality


See Mrs. Hansen in the library for a “Category Card” and fill it out. Completed cards will be displayed on our “Diverse Books Challenge” bulletin board.


After reading a book from one of the eleven categories and filling out a category card, you will receive a mini button unique to that category.

Your name will also be entered into a quarterly drawing for gift cards and other prizes for every book read from a different category.

GRAND PRIZE!!! If you complete the entire challenge by reading a book from eight different categories, you will receive a “RJH Challenge Accepted” T-shirt!


Mrs. Hansen has book lists in the library for each of the eleven categories; there is a preteen list and a teen list. The preteen lists are recommended for students aged 12 and under. The teen lists are recommended for students 13 and older, or who are comfortable with more mature content. It doesn’t hurt to do a little research before reading- Common Sense Media is a great website to use.

The book does not have to come from these lists. Just make sure it fits one of the eleven categories. If you’re not sure, talk to a teacher or the librarian. The library will eventually have all of the books on the lists, but it may take some time to get them in the system.

See our RJH Library website for more details!