Monthly Archive for April, 2014

Diversity in YA

Photo by I.W. Gregorio

Photo by I.W. Gregorio

Today, I was honored to speak to some amazing teen writers and readers at the Little Flower Teen Writers Festival about the importance of diversity and how to approach writing from perspectives other than their own. I promised to post some links to read more about this topic, and I hope these are useful to anyone interested in reading and writing more diverse books, even without the context of my presentation.

Art by Tina Kugler/

Art by Tina Kugler/

Read More About It

Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, Conversation Pieces vol. 8, Aqueduct Press, 2005


Diversity in YA

Rich in Color: Reading and Reviewing Diverse YA Books

Articles & Data:

2013 Statistics, Cooperative Children’s BookCenter, University of Wisconsin  –

Diversity in 2013 YA Best Sellers

Kid Lit’s Primary Color: White –

Diversity is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing –

Want More Diversity in Your YA? Here’s How You Can Help –

We Are Still Not Doing Enough for Diversity in Kidlit –

Where’s the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? –

We Need Bigger Megaphones for Diversity in Kid Lit –

Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased in Eighteen Years? –

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is –

Why We Need Diversity in YA Fiction, Plus Book Recommendations

My Take on Diversity in Children’s Books While Growing Up: