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Book Awards and Annual Lists Celebrating Diversity
- Amelia Bloomer Book List - Selected by a committee of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Roundtable. A lite of well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18)."
- Arab American Book Awards (Children's/Young Adult category, winner and honorable mentions): Run by the Arab American National Museum's Library & Resources Center. Created to honor books written by and about Arab Americans. Books published in the calendar year, announced in the summer following the award year. 2017 award winners.
- American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award - AILA is an affiliate of ALA. The award is presented every two years to recognize the most outstanding contributions to children's literature by and about American Indians. Winner and honor books in three categories: Picture Book, Middle School, and Young Adult.
- Américas Award - Selected by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Honors quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. Up to two awards (for primary and secondary reading levels) are given in recognition of U.S. published works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
- Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature - Selected by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. Three categories of youth literature are awarded, one winner and one honor book in each: Young Adult, Children's Literature, and Picture Book.
- Carter G. Woodson Book Awards - Presented presented to exemplary books written for children and young people" by the National Council for the Social Studies. Eacy year winners and honor books are selected in three categories: Elementary, Middle, and Secondary.
- Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award - Presented by CALA, and affiliate of ALA, "to promote awareness of the best books of Chinese topics or literature written by authors of Chinese descent, in English or Chinese language, that are originally published in North America."
- Children's Africana Book Awards - Selected by Africa Access, an organization to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their K-12 collections on Africa, in collaboration with in collaboration with the Outreach council of the African Studies Association.
- Coretta Scott King Award - Given by ALA "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." Winner and honor books are presented in two categories: Author, and Illustrator.
- Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award - Sponsored by The Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilites in collaboration with Special Needs Project. Given in even years "to recognize effective, enlightened portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities in children's books."
- James Cook Book Award - Given by the Ohio Library Council for a teen book that promotes cultural, ethnic, or social diversity. Winner and honor books chosen in odd years.
- Jane Addams Book Award - Chosen by The Jane Addams Peace Association. to recognize " recognizes children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people." Winners and honor books are selected in two categories: Books for Younger Children and Books for Older Children.
- John Steptoe New Talent Award - "Occasionally given [ALA] for young authors or illustrators who demonstrate outstanding promise at the beginning of their careers."
- Lambda Literary Awards - Lambda Literary, an organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature, selects books in many adult categories, but includes one youth literature category, LGBT Children's/Young Adult.
- Middle East Book Award - Given by Middle East Outreach Council, a national network of educators dedicated to disseminating apolitical and nonpartisan information, resources and activities furthering understanding about the Middle East, recognizing quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures. Winners and honorable mention titles selected in three categories: Picture Book, Youth Literature, and Youth Nonfiction.
- Notable Books for a Global Society - Selected by a committee of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association. 25 outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world are chosen. To be eligible for NBGS annual list, a book must have been published in the United States the previous year.
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books - Selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). Books, primarily for children in grades K-8, that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences..."
- Outstanding International Books List - International books (published or distributed in the US, but originating in a country otehr than the US) selected by the United States Board on Books for Young People, and published each year in the February issue of School Library Journal and as a bookmark.
- Pura Belpre Award - Co-sponsored by ALA divisions, REFORMA and ALSC. Winner and honor books are presented in two categories: Author, and Illustrator.
- The Rainbow Project Book List - Selected by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of ALA. A list of recommended books dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangendered and questioning issues and situations for children up to age 18.
- Schneider Family Book Award - Selected by an ALA Commitee to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Winners selected in three categories: Teen Book, Middle School Book, Young Children's Book. Bibliography.
- Skipping Stones Honors List - Skipping Stones magazine selects an annual list of books which "promote and understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and encourage a deeper understandig of the world's diversity.
- South Asia Book Award - The yearly book award presented by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium. Winners and honor books in two categories: K-3 and 4-7.
- Stonewall Book Award - Sponsored by ALA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Awards presented for children and teens: Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, plus Stonewall Honor Books in Children's and Young Adult Literature.
- Sydney Taylor Book Award - Presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Gold and silver medals, and notable books are named in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers.
- Tomás Rivera Book Award - Developed by the Texas State University College of Education to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. Winners in two categories: Works for Younger Readers and Works for Older Readers.
- Walter Awards - Selected by a judging committee from We Need Diverse Books. Awards and honor books are named in two categories: Teen and Young Readers.
Diversity Booklists Online
- 10 Books That Bring Diversity to Children’s Libraries
- 100 Must-Read Classics by People of Color by Teresa Preston at BookRiot May 29, 2017
42 Diverse Must-Have YA Titles for Every Library by Shelley Diaz at SLJ, August 9, 2017
- 60+ Resources for Talking to Kids About Racism
- The Best Selection of Multicultural and Social Justice Books for Children, YA, and Educators: LGBTQ - Social Justice Books
- Booklists from the LGBT National Hotline
- Books Matter: Children's Literature at the Anti-Defamation League
- Culturally Diverse Books Selected by SLJ’s Review Editors
- Diverse Book Finder - Supporters include the Institute of Museum and Library Services and, at Bates College, the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, the Faculty Development Fund, and Information and Library Services. Article on the college website
- LGBTQ Family Friendly Children's Book Lists - Family Equality Council
- LGBTQ Lives in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books - Cooperative Children's Book Center
- LGBTQIA+ Issues and History for Children and Teens (a work in progress)
- LGBTQIA+ YA Masterlist: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, and Aromantic - YA Pride
- Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Books - Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project
- How to talk to your kids about prejudice with the help of 12 of our favorite books
- I'm Your Neighbor
- Native America Children's Literature Recommended Reading List - First Nations Development Institute
- Pinterest Board: Multicultural Books for Kids
Articles on Diversity in Youth Literature
Articles on Diversity in Youth Literature
- The Answer to Implicit Racism Might be in Children's Literature: Could Diverse Protagonists Reduce Racial Anxiety? by Noah Berlatsky at Pacific Standard Magazine, December 2, 2014
- Bookmark: The Newbery and Caldecott – As Well as the Other ALA Awards – Are Bringing Recognition to Diverse Books by Laurie Hertzel at the Star Tribune [Minnesota], February 16, 2018.
- Diverse Books Need Us: Panel Discusses How librarians and Others Can Work for Increased Diversity in Publishing by SanHita SinhaRoy at American Libraries, June 29, 2015
- Diverse Students Need Diverse Resources: Four Ways to Ensure Diversity in Your School Library Program by Deborah Ford, National Association of Elementary School Principals
- A Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit by Kiera Parrott at SLJ, March 8, 2018
- The Diversity Gap in Children's Book Publishing, 2017 by Hannah Ehrlich. Lee & Low: The Open Book, March 20, 2017
- Diversity in Children’s Literature Key to Understanding Today’s Civil Rights Issues by Cindy Long at NEA Today, October 24, 2016.
- From Brooklyn to Wichita, Public Libraries Create LGBTQ-Affirming Spaces by Kevin Truong, NBC News, October 16, 2018
- How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance by Krista Maywalt Aronson and Anne Sibley O'Brien, at SLJ, May 12, 1914.
- Kids Need Diversity in Books to Prepare Them for the Real World by BJ Epstein at Newsweek, February 7, 2017
- LGBTQ Right to Read Resource Guide from the National Coalition Against Censorship
- Mirrors and Windows: Diversity in Children’s Picture Books by Angela Bronson, Public Libraries Online, January 11, 2017.
- Mirrors for My Daughter's Bookshelf by Sara Ackerman, New York Times, February 3, 2017.
- Orange City Public Library Pressured to Label, Segregate LGBTQ Material by Lisa Peet, Library Journal, March 21, 2018
- A Preponderance of Pink: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning by Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano at The Horn Book, March 7, 2018.
- Representing the Muslim American Experience by Laila Alawa at SLJ, May 1, 2014
- School Librarian Talks to Students About ‘Whitewashing’ Children’s Book Covers by Allie Bruce at SLJ, May 6, 2014
- Serving Everyone: Welcoming the LGBT Community by Ann K. Symons and John "Mack" Freeman, American Libraries, June 24, 2015
- The Uncomfortable Truth About Children’s Books by Dashka Slater. Mother Jones, September/October 2016
- UT Library Workers Told to Remove LGBTQ Buttons, Displays by Gary Price, Library Journal, July 26, 2018, and followup, Utah Library Workers Take Leadership to Task Over LGBTQ Display, Buttons by Lisa Peet, Library Journal, August 21, 2018
- Where Are the People of Color?: Representation of Cultural Diversity in the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and Advocating for Diverse Books in a Non-Post Racial Society by Steven T. Bickmore, Yunying, Xu & Myra Infante Sheridan in Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, March 2017.
- Where Fantasy Meets Black Lives Matter: A Much-Anticipated Young Adult Debut Taps Into a Tradition of Speculative Fiction Rooted in African Culture by Vann R. Newkirk II, The Atlantic, April 2018.
- Why Children's Books that Teach Diversity are More Important Than Ever by BJ Epstein, University of East Anglia, at The Conversation, February 6, 2017
- YA Fiction Treads Carefully in the Arab World by Marcia Lynx Qualey in The Guardian, November 21, 2014
On sensitivity readers:
- Authors Are Employing ‘Sensitivity Readers’ To Problematic-Proof Their Novels by Katherine Timpf in National Review, February 9, 2017
- In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship? by Alexandra Alter in the New York Times, December 24, 2017
- Is My Novel Offensive?: How "Sensitivity Readers" are Changing the Publishing Ecosystem - and Raising New Questions About What Makes a Great Book by Katy Waldman at Slate, February 8, 2017
- Sensitivity Readers and the White Male Imagination by Aya de Leon at her website December 2017
- What the Job of a Sensitivity Reader Is Really Like by Lila Shapiro at Vulture, January 5, 2018
Resource Sites and Other Information
Resources Sites and Other Information
- American Indians in Children's Literature
- B'Nai B'Rith International Diverse Minds Writing Challenge
- Building a Diverse, Anti-Bias Library for Young Children
- GLBTRT: A Roundtable of the American Library Association
- Grants to Promote Diversity in Children's Books - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
- The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children written for the Association for Library Service to Children by Jamie Campbell Naidoo, PhD [White Paper]
- Multicultural Children's Book Day -
- National Association for Multicultural Education -
- New Voices Award Writing Competition for Authors of Color from Lee & Low.
- Open to ALL: Serving the GLBT Community in Your Library from ALA
- Outreach Resources for Services to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People at ALA
- Oyate - A Native organization "working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed with honesty and integrity, and that all people know that our stories belong to us."
- Resources for Teachers and Librarians at Children's Book Council Diversity
- Teaching Tolerance - "a small team of educators and writers working in Montgomery, Alabama—the birthplace of the civil rights movement... driven by a passion for social justice, a deep belief that education is the best chance we have to build a better world, and a firm commitment to making sure that every student has the opportunity to learn and thrive."
- I’m Your Neighbor - "a project which promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures and groups to engage the entire community in a discussion of commonalities and differences. The project features a recommended list of books and an evolving list of engagement projects for educators, librarians, and community organizations who seek to build bridges.".
In the Middletown Library Service Center Collection
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teen Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests by Carlisle K. Webber (Libraries Unlimited, 2010)
- LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All by Christina H. Dorr, Liz Deskins (ALA Editions, 2018)
- Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research and Practice by Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Paulletta Brown Bracy & Casey H. Rawson (Libraries Unlimited, 2016)
- Multicultural Literature and Response Affirming Diverse Voices by Lynn Atkinson Smolen and Ruth A Oswald (Libraries Unlimited, 2011)
Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children's Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Content by Jamie Campbell Naidoo (Libraries Unlimited, 2012)
- Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians by Hillias J. Martin and James R. Murdock (Neal-Schuman, 2007)
Want to keep up? These podcasts talk about diversity issues:
- About Race - Panoply: "Co-discussants Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America."
- Code Switch - NPR: "Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic."
- Latino USA - NPR: Latino news and cultural weekly radio program.
- Nancy - NPR: "BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today."
- Otherhood - PRI:
Other Compilations of Recommendations
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