November 17, 2017

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Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: The How To (Part 2)

So yesterday I began telling you about doing my diversity audit. I began in a place that many people wouldn’t suspect, by doing a local community needs and assessment evaluation. I thought if I wanted to understand why I was building a diverse/inclusive collection, I also wanted to understand who I was doing it for. […]

Increasing Awareness of Youth “in the Margins” |YA Underground

Help marginalized teens find stories that speak to their experiences with these books and resources.

Sunday Reflections: That’s Me in the Corner, Losing My Confidence (as a Reviewer)

I like Science Fiction. Like, a lot. I especially like Science Fiction that has alien invasions. Remember the moment in Independence Day when Will Smith walks out of the house to get the paper and he looks to the left, then he looks to the right, and then he finally looks up and realizes that […]

An Informal Study: Do Book Challenges Suppress Diversity? | Banned Books Week

In an informal study of the top banned books since 2000, young adult author and Diversity in YA cofounder Malinda Lo reveals that 52 percent of challenged titles have diverse content or are written by a diverse author.

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.

Building Better Collections; Diversity in YA | SLJ Feedback

Readers reply to Nina Lindsay’s question: What qualities make a book a good one for kids? A school librarian challenges major publishers to stop ghettoizing “diverse” and “multicultural” children’s books.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.