When it comes to literature, teaching the classics is important. But it's a good idea to add contemporary titles to your curriculum, too, especially if your students sometimes have trouble connecting with older texts.

That’s why we created the Discovering Literature collection, a curated selection of noteworthy books that are capturing the attention of teachers and students across the country.

Written by women of color, the novels in this month’s Discovering Literature Digest explore themes of survival, freedom, and strength. Whether it’s Shobha Rao’s heartbreaking narrative about lost friendship, Traci Chee’s story of injustice set against historical events, Jenny Torres Sanchez’s haunting tale of Central American refugees, or Thi Bui’s personal account of her family’s emigration from wartorn Vietnam, these stories will take students on journeys they will never forget.

Find even more exciting books in the Discovering Literature collection!