November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

I’m Your Neighbor | Books to Foster Understanding and Bridge Differences

I’m Your Neighbor (IYN), a project and website that promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures to engage communities “in a discussion of commonalities and differences.”

School Library Journal a Finalist in 2015 REVERE Awards

SLJ has earned finalist honors in two REVERE Awards categories: single issue editorial and best overall publication.

First Book Pledges to Buy Diverse Books | BEA 2014

On May 13, First Book, a nonprofit committed to providing books to children in need, called for U.S. publishers to publish diverse picture books and then pledged to buy 10,000 copies of each title selected by First Book. The nonprofit will also fund affordable paperback editions of diverse titles that are only publicly available in expensive hardcover formats.

Jason Low Talks Diversity with Betsy Bird | SLJ Conversations

“While some might see diverse books as limited, we have found the exact opposite is true when discovering each book’s marketing potential. We are open to trying different approaches, depending on what the book is about.” Jason Low, Publisher, Lee & Low Books NOTE: SLJ Conversations is a sponsored supplement to SLJ‘s Extra Helping newsletter. This interview was commissioned by Lee & Low.

The Publishing Perspective on Diversity

The book community reflects on the issues, successes, and trends in addressing diversity in books for children and YA.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Multiracial Population Is Growing, But Kid Lit Isn’t Keeping Up

Monica Brown, author of the “Marisol McDonald” series, writes about how as a person of mixed race lineage, she doesn’t fit under a neat label. Her situation is shared by the growing multiracial population in the U.S., yet children’s books do not reflect these changing demographics.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.