Diverse Families is an expansive collection of literature curated to bring children and families together by fostering learning, acceptance, understanding, and support for each other.

The Story Behind the DIVerse Families Collection

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For Parents: DIVerse Families Finds Books for Your Unique Family:

America is made up of all kinds of unique families — a multi-colored, multi-faceted mirror — and America’s children should see themselves reflected there. DIVerse Families is identifying books that highlight every facet of that mirror: interracial or LGBTQ families, grandparents who are raising or helping to support their grandchildren, foster care, adoption, families with a loved one in prison, military families, and family members living with a health condition or disability, among many other categories.

The books are divided into five main categories that can be searched by subject and by character type.  The five main categories are: Family Relationships, Racial Diversity, Culture/Ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and Disability and Health. 

Although the numbers are lagging, there are plenty of diverse books out there, enough to stock school and public libraries. But how does one go about finding them? Even experienced library searchers have found traditional searches like the Library of Congress lacking, as the traditional mode of subject cataloging focuses more on plot than on representation of particular types of characters and cannot necessarily be searched by the race or ethnicity of characters.

DIVerse Families does the work for you. Our professional staff combs through many resources, including non-public databases, to come up with a quality list of print books, most of them picture books (for young children) and young adult chapter books and novels (for the more experienced readers).

The DIVerse Families project has put together a wide and varied selection of book titles for children and young adults that reflect the diversity of families across the United States. The collection already includes a great number of books that parents, families, and others involved in a child’s life can access, and is still expanding.

You can search for a particular title you have heard about and see if it is available for loan through DIVerse Families. Not sure what you’re looking for? Browse the collection to find the perfect match.

For Researchers and Educators:

DIVerse Families is a comprehensive database that demonstrates the growing diversity of families in the United States. It provides teachers (including the 5,000 education majors at the University of Central Florida), librarians, counselors, social workers, guardians, parents and grandparents, access to books to empower their children — resources that reflect their unique family situation.

It is supported by two Carnegie-Whitney Grants from the American Library Association, as well as a LIFE (Learning Institute for Elders), UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty, and the John C. Hitt Library.