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If you're (like me) looking to broaden your reading list, may we suggest you start by dedicating your TBR pile to books by Latinx authors. Regardless of one's cultural background, reading books by people with experiences and perspectives that differ from our own can introduce us to new ideas, ways of navigating the world, as well as both sources of joy and hardship we may not previously have considered. One of the best ways of supporting marginalized voices is recognizing that those voices matter not only by sharing social media posts and making private donations to advocacy organizations, but by supporting creators by buying – and sharing – their work. And it's not a totally selfish act: The books we've shared in this list are engrossing, powerful, and in many cases, just plain fun to read.
Unfortunately, it still takes some doing to find books by nonwhite authors, and that has a lot to do with the makeup of the industry as a whole. According to the latest diversity survey from Lee & Low Books, almost 80% of publishers, agents, marketing representatives, and even reviewers are white, with Latinx people particularly underrepresented, making up just 6% of the industry. But we can all show publishing that diversity matters. Start by reading these choices, and branch out to find your own favorites.