Debut YA authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton discuss how they came to write Tiny Pretty Things, a novel about diverse ballerinas fighting for roles in a posh dance boarding school, and what inspired them to create the book packaging company for diverse teen books, CAKE Literary.
Making and tinkering have long-been staples of the Hispanic community. Tim Wadham shares Spanish-language, bilingual, and Latino-focused books and crafts that are just right for maker spaces looking to diversify their offerings.
Two nonprofit organizations, Latinitas and DIY Girls, are working with Latina teens and tweens to promote tech- and media-focused skills.
Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.
A series of photos taken at the 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2015. Brian Selznick addressed the history and evolution of how we define family in children’s books.
As part of its Stories for All Project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusivity in children’s literature, First Book has launched a project to offer 60,000 copies of six titles, each reflecting diversity in characters and lifestyle, at a discounted price.
Gardening, farming, and keeping bees are par for the course at schools in the Maplewood Richmond Heights District.
Lee & Low Books has launched a “Diversity Baseline Survey” on the children’s book publishing industry. To date, 11 publishers and four review journals have committed to participate.
Representing a sampling of favorite YA genres, these stand-out, hot-off-the-press novels have been penned by authors of varied ethnic backgrounds and/or feature protagonists who are as wonderfully diverse as the books’ teen audiences.
A voice coaching program for teenagers at the Uniondale (NY) Public Library culminates in on-stage performances, high self-esteem, and community involvement.
The vast majority of reviewers for School Library Journal (SLJ) are white (88.8 percent) and female (95 percent), according to a recent survey by the magazine.
During librarian Dawn K. Wing’s time as a high school ESL teacher years ago, she developed curricula that enabled English language learners to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Corinne Duyvis, YA author with autism, We Need Diverse Books active member, and cofounder of the Disability in Kidlit website, is kicking off 30 days of autism-related book reviews, articles, and interviews for April’s National Autism Awareness Month.
When the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars studied the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, NC, they became enraged that such an important event was not covered in their eighth grade history textbooks. The Young Scholars then decided to write and self-publish a novel as a tribute to the late Duke historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin.
The diversity in the 2015 Youth Media Awards selections was a critical step in the right direction, though barriers remain. Perhaps we will look back and recognize this as a turning point.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.