As you all will probably know by now, I live in the Netherlands. While I read a portion of my books in English and I am more active in the international bookish community I do always have my eye on the dutch releases (which is mostly YA and Adult Fantasy). In recent years there have been more diverse books translated and published to the Dutch book market which is of course a great thing.
With this post I just wanted to share with you these books that have been getting attention in my country as well. I’m not going to be talking about books like Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters or Rick Riordan’s series. Next to not mentioning the overly popular, I am also trying to look more at books that are by diverse creators. I don’t think I got everything but these are some of the more prominent ones.
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
Internment by Samira Ahmed
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Nocturna by Maya Motayne
The more I look at this list the more it shows why I don’t read as much in Dutch as I could. Most of these translated works are YA contemporary and that is not my genre. As I try to diversify my reading the dutch fantasy market is not the place to find it unfortunately. And ‘diverse’ books by white, cishet, able bodied authors is just not cutting it anymore. Even looking at diverse dutch fantasy I can only think of Rima Orie’s book, released in 2019.
I do think that the publisher Blossom Books is the publisher that does its best. They are the ones that published a lot of the books on this list and have started trying to uplift diverse Dutch authors like with the booklet about autism by Bianca Toeps.