On the hunt for addictive YA books featuring badass women of color? Color Me In author Natasha Díaz has got you covered with her top five picks!
There just aren’t enough YA books featuring badass women of color in the world. At least, not yet. That being said, there have been a few diverse YA books that have come out recently and are paving the way for all of the fierce women of color you could ever hope for.
Ahead of the release of her debut YA novel Color Me In, author Natasha Díaz stopped by to share which of these recent YA books you need to add to your “to read” list ASAP.
Author Natasha Díaz’s top 5 YA books featuring badass women of color
The past few years have brought us some amazing books, especially in the YA space. Incredible bestsellers like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, and the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir have opened doors and made waves for women of color in the industry.
But we still have a long way to go until there is inclusive and accurate representation of the world at large within YA literature. This is true, not only in terms of the authors receiving book deals, but also in terms of the characters featured in those books.
While we continue to work toward that goal, I want to take some time to celebrate YA books featuring badass women of color that have come out recently. From a ballet dancer to trained zombie killers to a young woman who has to overcome a multigenerational curse, this collection of books is just a glimpse at what WOC can do in literature. Trust me, you don’t want to miss them!
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