May 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ Resources for Diversity in Kid and YA Lit

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 a list of resources to locate titles about LGBTQ, people of color, disability, and more to help librarians better serve their audience. From author interviews to collection development tools, and from blogs to news coverage, these pieces will give insight into an issue that is becoming more relevant each day.

From School Library Journal:

Collection Development

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

Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians
By Debbie Reese

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

Gateway Books: Getting Latino Kids Excited About Reading | Libro por libro
By Tim Wadham

Tamora Pierce’s Fantasy Novel Picks | SLJ SummerTeen
By Tamora Pierce

Straight Talk on Race: Challenging the Stereotypes in Kids’ Books
By Mitali Perkins

LGBTQ Lit: Speaking Out
By Megan Honig

From Diversity to Civil Rights | Nonfiction Notes
By Daryl Grabarek

Jackie Robinson: Remembering an American Hero | Watch and Read
By Joy Fleishhacker

Islam in the Classroom
By Lauren Barack

Books to Celebrate the Everyday Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
By Rhona Campbell

Resources for Finding Latino Kid Lit
By Shelley M. Diaz

Kick-Starting a New Life | Recent YA Titles

By Mahnaz Dar

Our Bodies, Our Minds | Confronting Self-Image in YA Fiction
By Mahnaz Dar

YA Underground: Books for Teens You Might Have Missed
By Amy Cheney


Something Louder, Something New | SLJ Talks to Matt de la Peña About ‘The Living’
By Shelley Diaz

A Twice-Told Tale of Rebellion in China | Gene Luen Yang’s ‘Boxers & Saints’
By Jennifer M. Brown

Authors Ellen Hopkins and Kristin Elizabeth Clark Chat About ‘Freakboy’

Between Violence and Tenderness: Aristotle and Dante Author Sáenz Talks to SLJ
By Karyn M. Peterson

Lesléa Newman Discusses her Novel in Verse About the Death of Matthew Shepard, ‘October Mourning’
By Mahnaz Dar

The “Radioactive Energy” of Bullies | An Interview with Meg Medina
By Jennifer M. Brown

The Power of Pictures: A Visit with Bryan Collier
By Rocco Staino

Andrea Cheng on Etched in Clay, Which Charts the Courageous Life of Dave the Potter
By Rick Margolis

Looking for Light: In Darkness Author Nick Lake Talks to SLJ
By Karyn M. Peterson

News Articles

‘Golden Domes’ Picture Book Causes Stir at Scholastic Book Fair
By Shelley Diaz

Latino Writers Convene at 2nd Annual Comadres Conference
By Shelley Diaz

Tucson School District Approves Mexican American Studies Books
By Karyn M. Peterson

Civil Rights Movement Spotlighted at Jane Addams Book Awards Ceremony
By Rocco Staino

Américas Award-Winner Manzano Offers Advice About Latino Kid Lit
By Paula Willey

Dallas Librarians Shine Light on Spanish-Language Kid Lit
By Shelley Diaz

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Releases BARD iOS App
By Gary Price

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

Embracing Diversity in YA Lit
By Shelley Diaz

First Book’s “Stories for All Project” Lobbies for Kid Lit Diversity
By Karyn M. Peterson

Community Angered by Tossed Black History Collection
By Lauren Barack

Picture Book About Islam Ignites Twitter Battle
By Shelley Diaz

Librarians Sound Off: Not a Lack of Latino Lit for Kids, but a Lack of Awareness
By Shelley Diaz

Kid Lit Authors Discuss Diversity at NYPL
By Mahnaz Dar

Blog Posts/Opinion

2013 Middle Grade Black Boys: Seriously, People?
By Betsy Bird
America’s Changing Face | Consider the Source
By Marc Aronson

From The Horn Book:

A Very Good Question
By Roger Sutton

Young dreamers
By Christopher Myers

Indigenous protagonists and people of color
By Elissa Gershowitz

Horn Book Resources for Talking About Race
By Horn Book Staff

Other recommended sites:

Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States
Cooperative Children’s Book Center Blog
As Demographics Shift, Kids’ Books Stay Stubbornly White from NPR
CBC Diversity (Maintains a Goodreads account with updated booklists of diverse books and resources.)
Stacy Whitman’s Pinterest Board on Diverse YA Fantasy
Disability in Kid Lit
The Brown Bookshelf
American Indians in Children’s Literature
Rich In Color (Reviews YA books that feature or are by people of color.)
Gay YA
De Colores Blog (Reviews books that feature Mexican American characters.)
Diversify YA (A collection of short interviews that focus on all sorts of diversity.)
Cynthia Leitich Smith has compiled resources on diverse books, including multiracial titles with biracial characters.
Forever Young Adult’s new series on diversity in YA
Articles on Diversity on YALSA’s Hub Blog
It Matters if You’re Black or White: The Racism of YA Book Covers
Lee & Low Blog (The multicultural children’s book publisher’s blog.)
First Book Blog (The organization’s commitment to diversity in children’s books.)
Crazy QuiltEdi (Promoting literacy for teens of color, one book at a time.)