Diversity in Kidlit

© Ann Sibley O'Brien

Publishers Focusing on Diversity

Barefoot Books - a leading publisher of multicultural books

Lee and Low - an independent, award-winning publisher of children's books focusing on diversity. Includes the following additional imprints:
  • Tu Books - an imprint of Lee and Low that publishes science fiction, fantasy and mystery for children and young adults

Small Presses of Color - a listing of small, independent presses that focus on multicultural children's books. Most are owned or operated by people of color.

Where Can I Find Great Diverse Children's Books - list of publishers that focus on diverse books

Good Blogs and Websites

American Indians in Children's Literature - provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books

CBC Diversity committee of the Children's Book Council devoted to encouraging diversity in children's and YA literature

Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature

Disability in Kidlit - reviews, guest posts, and discussions about the portrayal of disabilities in MG & YA

Diverse Pages promotes and discovers main characters of color in mainstream and indie publishing

DiversifYA site with tools for authors to include and promote diversity in their YA work

Latin@s in Kidlit - exploring the world of Latino/a YA, MG, and children's literature

The Latino Author - tips and tools for authors and emerging Latino authors

Multicultural Children's Book Day - a day to celebrate multicultural books. Jan. 27, 2017

Muslim Kid Lit - a hub for children's literature featuring Muslim characters, authors, and children's literature suitable for the Muslim audience

Open Book - blog of Lee & Low, publisher of multicultural children's books

Rich in Color - dedicated to reading, reviewing, and promoting YA with main characters of color or written by people of color

We Need Diverse Books - home of the campaign

Orate - a Native American organization that evaluates books and curricula with Indian themes to ensure accuracy

Writing in the Margins - pairs underrepresented writers with mentors & provides database of sensitivity readers

Writing Diverse Books

Is My Character 'Black Enough'? Advice on Writing Cross-Culturally by Stacy Whitman, Editorial Director & Publisher of Tu Books

The Secrets of Writing a Multicultural Children's Book interview with Tessa Strickland, founder and co-editor of Barefoot Books

Own Voices

Writing About Native Americans: A Diversity Conversation with Kara Stewart

Is My Manuscript Own Voices?

Diversity in Publishing

Agents Discuss Diversity Gap in Publishing 

Reviewing Race

We Need Diverse Books: Can Children's Authors End Publishing Industry Prejudice -- and Change the Way America Reads?

Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews

The Diversity Gap in Children's Publishing, 2015

Selection is Privilege (a Librarian's View)

Dear Publishing Industry: Fix Your Own Racism Before You Beg for Diverse Books

The Diversity Baseline Survey

"I Just Don't Connect with the Character"

How to Support the Diverse Books Movement

When Publishing and Reviewing Diverse Books, is Experience Overrated?

Why We Can't Talk about Diversity in Kid Lit without Talking About Money

Gender & LGBTQ

Do Boys Get All the Fun? 

LGBT & You: How to Support Your Students

Gender Matters? Swedish Picture Books and Gender Ambiguity

The 22 Best Feminist Picture Books, Because You're Never Too Old To Be Saved By A Princess

Where were the Funny Women Writers?

LGBTQ Publishing: An LGBTQ Publishing Wish List

The Gender Police: A Diary

Fifteen LGBTQ-Themed Books for Readers of Every Age

Why Are There So Few Girls in Childrens' Books?

14 More LGBTQ Middle Grade Books

Reading List

The Best LGBT Children's Books: A Sweet and Assuring Celebration of Diversity and Difference

Best Books by or About American Indians

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