A Professional Development Resource

Category: Selection Tools

We Need Diverse Books

Format: The We Need Diverse Books logoWebsite

Description: The website and official Tumblr of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, an organization that promotes diverse literature in children’s books and fundamental changes to the publishing industry. The site features a blog , news, programs, and resource lists. The WNDB Tumblr reblogs posts related to diverse issues, publishing, and books, and interacts with many other diversity focused blogs on Tumblr.

Links: https://diversebooks.orghttp://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com


YA Pride

Format: The image pictured here is the YA Pride logo, a rainbow-colored cake by the words 'Rainbow Bright'Website, resource list

Description: YA Pride (previously GayYA) is a site that is dedicated to LGBTQIA in young adult fiction. The site features guest posts, author interviews, giveaways, booklists sorted by character orientation, and book reviews. The team has a presence on multiple social media outlets such as Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook. The booklists featured on the Masterlist section of the site and are sorted by character orientation and includes the following lists: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, and Aromantic.

Link: http://www.gayya.org

Citation: YA Pride. (2012).  Retrieved from http://www.gayya.org

Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Awards

Format: WebpageThe image displays the words Returning the Gift in a half circle around a feather.

Description: This site for the Returning the Gift Literary Festival (RTG), a conference created by Indigenous writers, includes a list of all the past winners of the Native Writers Circle of the Americas three awards for Indigenous authors: a Lifetime Achievement Award, First Book Award in Poetry, and a First Book Award in Prose. The webpages for these awards are listed at the top of the website under the ‘NWCA’ drop down menu. These awards are created and presented by Native Americans to Native American writers from North and South America. 

Link: https://rtglitfest.org/awards/

Citation: Returning the Gift Literary Festival. (n.d.). Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas Awards. Retrieved from https://rtglitfest.org/awards/

The DIG Checklist for Inclusive, High-Quality Children’s Media

The included image on the left side of the screen is an image from the KIDMAP website. This image reads, There are plenty of recipes for creating high-quality, inclusive, children's media, and they feature many of these common key ingredients: 1. Rich stories, interesting topics, and engaging activities 2. Diverse cast of characters 3. Authentic backgrounds and traditions 4. Opportunities for kids to explore different ideas and points of view 5. Platform for kids to imagine, create, design, and express themselves. 6. Diverse creative teams 7. Functional Design 8. Accurate, current information 9. Research-based learning and literacy experiences 10. High quality artwork 11. Age-appropriate content 12. Coviewing and shared play support. The image ends.

Format: Tool

Description: The DIG checklist from Kids Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP) provides professionals with a handy tool to help them identify inclusive children’s media. The checklist can be adjusted for higher reading levels but provides a good starting rubric tool for those looking for an idea of what they should consider when reviewing materials for inclusion. This tool can also assist those looking to create materials or activities for use in the classroom or community.

Link: https://www.joinkidmap.org/digchecklist/


Latinxs in Kid Lit

Format: WebsiteThe image reads Latinxs in Kid Lit, exploring the world of Latinx YA, MG, and children's literature.


Latinxs in Kid Lit is a site that posts about authors, book reviews, interviews w/ Latinx writers and illustrators and from agents and editors on the publishing industry side, articles and news to promote, discuss, share, and upcoming projects by Latinx authors and illustrators as well as to inspire and inform prospective Latinx creators.

Link: https://latinosinkidlit.com

Citation: Latinxs in Kid Lit. https://latinosinkidlit.com

Rich in Color

Format: Website, resource list


Rich in Color is a website that discusses reviews, and promotes young adult fiction that features or is written by people of color or from First/Native Nations. The website keeps track of the release of books of interest on their release calendar and publishes promotions in the form of guest posts, interviews, chapter previews, giveaways, and other marketing activities for books. The site’s resources section also contains other sites that may be of use, and links to the team’s social media presences and their Goodreads account and lists.

Link: http://richincolor.com

Multiculturalism Rocks!

Format: The image reads Multiculturalism Rocks and is the header from the blog.Website

Description: Multiculturalism Rocks is a personal blog by Nathalie Mvondo that features guest posts, book lists and reviews, and other promotions and projects concerning multicultural authors, books, and projects. The blog is active but updated infrequently.

Link: https://multiculturalism.rocks

Citation: Mvondo, N. Multiculturalism Rocks. Retrieved from https://multiculturalism.rocks

The Brown Bookshelf

Format: WebsiteThe image reads, The Brown Bookshelf, United in Story

Description: The Brown Bookshelf is a group of Black authors and illustrators raising awareness for books created by African American authors and illustrators or with a majority of African American characters. Their main campaign is the 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 to help parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers recommend good reads”. This initiative involves a selection process that culminates in selected candidates being published daily every February. This website also includes recommended websites, multicultural publishers and reading lists, under the “Books” section of the website.

Link: https://thebrownbookshelf.com

Citation: The Brown Bookshelf. (2007).  Retrieved from https://thebrownbookshelf.com

Queer Books for Teens

Format: Website, resource listThis image reads, Queer Books for Teens, A comprehensive database of all LGBTQIAP+ YA Literature 2000-2017

This website offers a bibliography of YA fiction with LGBTQ content published between 2000 and 2017. The database seeks to be comprehensive and features books published by major and minor presses, and is working on adding self-published works. The site offers a variety of facets to search the database and find content, includes several best of/ and recommendation lists, linked resources for teens and educators/librarians, and information on their scope and information organization. The site was created by an assortment of contributors, with the support of the Carnegie/Whitney Grant from the American Library Association and the GLBT-RT resources committee.

Link: http://queerbooksforteens.com

Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Format: ToolImage reads Social Justice Books, A Teaching for Change Project

Description: This guide from Social Justice Books helps to review children’s books for bias. This rubric can be adjusted incrementally. A helpful cheat sheet for the professional who needs to know what to focus on or how to better critically read reviews of media. Additional Resources on the subject are included at the bottom of the page.

Link: https://socialjusticebooks.org/guide-for-selecting-anti-bias-childrens-books/


American Indians in Children’s Literature

Format: Website

Launched in 2006 by Debbie Reese, a Native tribally enrolled at Nambe Owingeh, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) is a regularly updated personal blog committed to helping readers select books that accurately portray Native people and nations. The AICL offers many valuable resources: critical reviews of books for all ages featuring portrayals of Native people, and whether the book is or isn’t recommended; articles covering varying topics related to Native identity and challenges, lesson help, lists of various Native professionals and contacts, and links to other helpful websites and resources.

Link: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/

Citation: Reese, D. (2006). American Indians in Children’s Literature. Retrieved from https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com

Social Justice Books: Booklists

Picture displayed is a preview of a few booklist topics available: Africa, Afro-Latinx, American Indians, Arabs, and Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Black History, Board Books.

Format: Website

Description: A compilation of curated booklists on a variety of multicultural topics arranged alphabetically.  Books in some individual booklists are organized by suggested age/school group—e.g. Early Childhood, Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, Young Adults, Adult, and Educators, and etc.—and a few provide links to topical articles, websites, discussions, or projects and programs, etc.

Link: https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/

Citation: Booklists. Social Justice Books. Retrieved from https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/