Resources

I’m Your Neighbor has a specific mission to present children’s and young adult books about “new arrivals” (see our article on I’m Your Neighbor and Inclusion).

To explore children’s/YA books and resources featuring children and families of color, look to these fabulous resources:

Websites and blogs that discuss diversity in children’s and young adult literature

ALSC Blog
The official blog of the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC). The ALSC is a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children.

Their posts categorized under “diversity” share ideas, news and events libraries around the U.S. have done that celebrate diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation and ability.

CBC Diversity Blog
The CBC Diversity Committee is one of five created by the Children’s Book Council. They are dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and experiences contributing to children’s and young adult literature through building awareness that the nature of our society must be represented within the children’s publishing industry. They endeavor to encourage diversity of race, gender, geographical origin, sexual orientation, and class among both the creators of and the topics addressed by kid lit.

Their blog includes a weekly round up of relevant articles, book spotlights and posts by various professionals in children’s book publishing. Posts offer a discussion platform of many issues regarding diversity in the genres.

Diversity in YA
In 2011, YA authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo challenged libraries, bloggers and readers to send pictures and write short essays on books they read that summer featuring characters or authors of color and/or LGBT. Although they did not continue the project, they created a blog that celebrates young adult books about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability. Their blog includes book recommendations, author interviews, links and posts discussing diversity in YA literature.

Rich in Color
A blog dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult fiction starring people of color or written by people of color. Posts include reviews, interviews and essays.

Mitali’s Fire Escape
YA author Mitali Perkins’ blog on books and writing. Many of her books feature books across cultures and she has written several posts regarding YA literature and race. Her blog serves a great discussion forum where other writers and visitors can weigh in and Mitali poses questions for both writers and readers. Check out her posts on creating and writing about characters of other cultures here, here and here.

Read it Real Good
Children’s book reviews and musings on diversity by Alia Jones. I’m a children’s bookseller, a Fulbright Alumna and a lifetime lover of books and culture.

Coloring Between the Lines
This blog looks at issues of race and culture in relation to creating and using children’s literature, as seen by the white American author-illustrator of multiracial, multicultural books, Anne Sibley O’Brien.

Resources for book lists about children and families of color

American Indians in Children’s Literature
Blog by Debbie Reese that “provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”

The Brown Bookshelf
A blog “designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers.” The blog’s founders started a flagship initiative  “28 Days Later,” a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans.

Cynsations
Blog by author Cynthia Leitich-Smith, including lists of recommended books on the following topics: adoption, Asians and Asian Americans, Native Americans, and interracial families.

¡Imagínense Libros!
“A virtual evaluation collection of Latino children’s and young adult literature designed to help librarians, educators, and parents choose high-quality books authentically representing the Latino cultures. Resources related to Latino/a authors and illustrators are provided in addition to other topics related to Latino Children’s Literature.”

Latin@s in Kid Lit
A blog that aims to engage in works by and for Latin@, promote literacy, encourage interest for non-Latin@ audiences and share resources

Literary Latino
Latino author Sergio Troncoso lists his favorite Latino literature and fiction. Includes titles for children and young adult, non fiction and poetry and short stories.

Pact: An Adoption Alliance
Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color.  They have a wonderful children of color book list available here.

Teaching for Change Recommended Teaching Resources
Search book lists and resources categorized by theme and age group

A World Full of Color
Resource library of books featuring people of color, searchable by author, age, topic, and genre.

Library Associations dedicated to cultural diversity in literature

American Indian Library Association
Working to improve library and information services for American Indians

Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
Addressing the needs of Asian Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian Pacific American communities

Chinese Americans Librarians Association
A leading librarians’ organization which advances diversity and equality of library services to the library communities worldwide through the excellence of this organization and its members

Talk Story
A joint family literacy project between the Asian/Pacific American Library Association and the American Indian Library Association that supports family and cultural literacy

The Coretta Scott King Book Award
Award given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values

REFORMA
The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and Spanish-Speaking

Organizations dedicated to helping immigrant and refugees

Community Supported Film
A Boston based organization that trains local men and women in video-journalism and documentary filmmaking so that they can tell stories rooted in their reality to better influence local and international views on sustainable paths to a more peaceful and equitable world. They currently have programs in Afghanistan and Indonesia. Their next project looks to start program that tells the stories of new immigrants and refugees in the US.