Diversity in Kidlit

© Tony Neal

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

 Agents & Editors

Good Blogs and Websites

A is for Aging - a blog about positive images of aging in children's books (e.g. 7 Positive Things Picture Books Can Teach Us About Aging)

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

DiversityinYA - celebrating diversity in YA

Diverse Voices, Inc  - new nonprofit helmed by agent Beth Phelan to promote diversity in children's publishing; home of #DVpit and new mentor programs

I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell do I Read? 

Inclusive Minds - working for inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children's literature

Indigenous Reads Rising - site run by We Need Diverse Books to support teachers, librarians, and readers to highlight books for and about Native, First Nations, and indigenous communities

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

Las Musas - collective of women & non-binary (identifying on the female spectrum) Latinx MG & YA authors  

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

Multicultural Children's Book Day - annual day to celebrate multicultural books. 

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

Social Justice Books - multicultural and social justice books for children, YA, and educators

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

Writing the Other - learn to write characters other than you sensitively and convincingly

Writers for Diversity - Facebook group for writers sharing resources and questions

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

Writing about Minorities for Non-minorities

First People/American Indians/Native Americans in October/November + Year Round

"You Can't do That! Stories Have to Be About White People"

Children's Books: A Middle-Class Ghetto

Diversity within Diversity: Moving Beyond Oppression

The Uncomfortable Truth about Children's Books

A Mexican-American artist on Why More Brown Faces are Needed in Children's Books

Writing for Children - Bryan Collier on Inspiration, Passion, and the Need for Diversity

12 Fundamentals of Writing "the Other" (and the Self)

The Role of Cultural Experts and Sensitivity Readers

The Cultural Appropriation Primer

Grace Lin: The Wrong Question

So, You Wrote a Marginalized Protagonist

On Doomsday, Diversity, and Blind Spots in My Worldview

Cultural Appropriation for the Worried Writer: Some Practical Advice

Critiquing Cultural Appropriation in Books that are Kind of Meh 

Writing the Other (Twitter thread of resources) 

Own Voices

Writing About Native Americans: A Diversity Conversation with Kara Stewart

Is My Manuscript Own Voices?

Definition of #Ownvoices

The Struggle Between Diversity and #Ownvoices

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

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

How to Make a Kid Lit List

The Diversity Gap in Children's Publishing, 2018

CCBC 2017 Multicultural Statistics

Why Diverse Texts Are Not Enough 

No One is Taking Your Spot


Do Boys Get All the Fun? 

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

Where were the Funny Women Writers?

The Gender Police: A Diary

Why Are There So Few Girls in Childrens' Books?

Writing Women Characters as Human Beings


LGBT & You: How to Support Your Students

Gender Matters? Swedish Picture Books and Gender Ambiguity

LGBTQ Publishing: An LGBTQ Publishing Wish List

Fifteen LGBTQ-Themed Books for Readers of Every Age

14 More LGBTQ Middle Grade Books

What do Queer Kids Want to Read? Book Talk with the Middle School GSA

Writing Characters of Different Genders | Trans, Non-Binary, Cis Gender, and More

Centering Friendship in YA Lit

Disability and Mental Health

Ablelism/Language (list of ableist language to avoid)