In our ever-changing and ever-more-diverse world, it’s crucial to develop tolerance, good mental health, and empathy. Accepting those different from us, helping those in need, understanding different perspectives, and maintaining strong mental health are all important aspects of growing up whole. What better way to start introducing these concepts and fostering these abilities for the young adult readers in your life than through some great books? After all, reading stories has been shown to support the development of emotional intelligence.
The following list of uplifting and diverse young adult books is a good starting point for these readers to explore more about tolerance, diversity, empathy, and mental health. Keep in mind that some of the topics found within may be difficult to read about and comprehend, but each book does a great job of exploring challenging topics while instilling hope at the same time.
Which young adult books pique your interest? Got other favorites? Let us know!