In an article in The New York Times, Walter Dean Myers discusses the lack of people of color (POC) in children's books and how it has shaped his journey as an author. I found this to be particularly interesting because as a reader I have wondered the same thing myself. I have read a ton of children's and young adult literature, but very few of them have been relevant to the lived experiences of POC (especially women of color). I can only name a few books that featured POC off the top of my head, but there are quite a few more.
Here is a non-exhaustive list in no particular order:
The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
The Watson's Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl by Patricia McKissack
Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love by Patricia McKissack
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
If anyone can add to the list, please feel free to leave a comment!