March 24, 2018

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SLJ Diversity: A Roundup of Kid Lit, YA, and Features | Resources

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diverse booksFrom social media to publishing industry-led initiatives, the call for diversity in children’s and young adult literature has steadily grown into a loud roar. Educators, authors, and publishing professionals are on the forefront of this ongoing conversation about the importance of not only publishing books for kids by and about diverse people, but also getting them in the hands of readers. SLJ has compiled an expansive page of diversity resources—including materials on people of color, non-American cultures, LGBTQ issues, and disability—to help librarians better serve children and teens. From author interviews to collection development tools and from blogs to news coverage, these articles and reviews aim to give insight into issues that are becoming more relevant for kids each day. For the full list, visit SLJ Resources for Diversity in Kid and YA Lit.

LGBTQ Diversity: Building a Collection for Independent Readers
By Barbara Fiehn and Tadayuki Suzuki

Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians
By Debbie Reese

Embracing Diversity in YA Lit
By Shelley Diaz

Serving ELL Students When Their First Language Isn’t Spanish
By Misti Jenkins

Children of War: Tales of Child Refugees and Safe Havens
By Kathleen T. Isaacs

For more, visit our diversity in children’s and young adult literature resources page.

Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz ( is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

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