SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Equity and Inclusion Resources for Writers and Illustrators

List of Resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

 

Basics:

  • SCBWI’s Statement of Intent on Equity and Inclusion

https://www.scbwi.org/scbwi-statement-of-intent-on-equity-and-inclusion/

  • Straight Talk on Race, by Mitali Perkins: Challenging the Stereotypes in Kids’ Books: “Here are five questions that’ll help you and your students discern messages about race in stories.”

http://www.slj.com/2009/04/standards/straight-talk-on-race-challenging-the-stereotypes-in-kids-books/

  • We Need Diverse Books: Resources for individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing

www.diversebooks.org

  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States.

http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp

  • School Librarian Talks to Students About ‘Whitewashing’ Children’s Book Covers, by Allie Bruce: A librarian discusses how a question from a student led to a series of conversations about the representation of race on book covers.

http://www.slj.com/2014/05/diversity/bank-street-school-librarian-shares-her-year-long-lesson-in-diversity-in-childrens-books/#_

  • We need more diverse YA book covers, by Annie Schutte: A discussion with examples of book that do not show the diverse characters on the cover.

http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2012/12/10/it-matters-if-youre-black-or-white-the-racism-of-ya-book-covers/

 

Celebrating Our Diversity:

  • Inclusion on the Bookshelf, By Camille Jackson: “The lives of children with disabilities are adventurous, funny, romantic and active. There are many books available that contain characters with disabilities, but few that truly embrace social inclusion.”
    http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-36-fall-2009/feature/inclusion-bookshelf
  • Seeing Ourselves and Seeing Others in the Pages if the Books we Read, by Jess Lifshitz: “[E]very single child that walks through my classroom door deserves to see himself or herself in a book in my library.  And every single child that walks through my classroom door deserves a chance to learn about others in this world from the books in my library.”

https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/seeing-ourselves-and-seeing-others-in-the-pages-of-the-books-we-read-by-jess-lifshitz/

  • Suggested Reading for the ALSC Day of Diversity http://dia.ala.org/dayofdiversity
  • American Indians in Children’s Literature (book reviews and recommendations): “provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”

http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/

  • February is African American History Month by Sandy Brehl: African American characters and themes should be shared all year long, not just during February as part of Black History Month activities.

http://unpackingpicturebookpower.blogspot.com/2012/02/whats-so-special-about-february.html

 

Craft:

  • Writing inclusion isn’t about representing as many different things as possible, it is about readers finding a space for themselves in our stories, by Cory Silverberg: “Inclusion creates a space for them to explore not only multiple parts of their experience but also how those experiences are woven together in their bodies and lives.”

http://www.cbcdiversity.com/post/62266305253/checking-boxes-and-filling-blanks-diversity-and

  • Writing With Color: A blog dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial & ethnic diversity. We share writing advice, guides, book recs. and more.

http://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/post/95955707903/skin-writing-with-color-has-received-several

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/22/racism_begins_in_our_imagination_how_the_overwhelming_whiteness_of_boyhood_feeds_dangerous_hollywood_myths/

  • We Write Diversely. We Fail. We Write Again. By Katherine Memmel: An author’s discussion about writing diversely and how she did it wrong.

http://scwrite.blogspot.com/2015/11/katherine-memmel-we-write-diversely-we.html?showComment=1446500272259#c4658596045496291821

 

Many thanks to SCBWI-Wisconsin for this great compilation (https://wisconsin.scbwi.org), and we welcome suggested additions to this list.

 

If you would like to join our Eastern PA SCBWI Equity & Inclusion Volunteer Team, please send us an e-mail at epa@scbwi.org.