We have three main criteria in choosing our titles for Real Lit:
The books usually are written by #ownvoices authors (recommend list about diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group), as we have an opportunity to elevate underrepresented voices.
Further, our Real Lit book is always purposefully chosen to be set in contemporary times, as we have found that this creates an easier point of access for our participants.
Finally, we choose Young Adult content as frequently as we can. YA content is accessible, issue-driven, and has provided an easy way to engage in difficult conversations around themes of social justice.