List of Resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
- SCBWI’s 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.”
- We Need Diverse Books: Resources for individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing
- Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A Ted Talk on why no culture can be represented by one story.https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en
- Reading While White—Allies for Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Books for Childrens and Teens. http://readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made, by Barbara Bader: Diverse creators Maurice Sendak, Arnold Lobel, James Marshall, Remy Charlip, and Tomie dePaola who’s brilliance and prodigy status shaped the direction of kid lit- for the better. http://www.hbook.com/2015/03/choosing-books/horn-book-magazine/five-gay-picture-book-prodigies-and-the-difference-theyve-made/
- 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.”
- Writing With Color: A blog dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial & ethnic diversity. We share writing advice, guides, book recs. and more.
- Describing Skin Tone, by WriteWorld: A discussion and list of resources. http://writeworld.org/post/55657925946/describing-skin-tone
- Ableism/Language, by Lydia X. Z. Brown: A glossary of Ableist Phrases http://www.autistichoya.com/p/ableist-words-and-terms-to-avoid.html
- Racism Begins in our imagination: by Grisel Y Acosta : “We’d like to imagine that racism is only created with extreme acts, like bombs or chains. The truth is racism begins in our imagination. It begins with our stories.”
- We Write Diversely. We Fail. We Write Again. By Katherine Memmel: An author’s discussion about writing diversely and how she did it wrong.
Many thanks to SCBWI-Wisconsin for this great compilation (https://wisconsin.scbwi.org), and we welcome suggested additions to this list.