Resources: Locating Literature

 

Blogs and Websites

American Indians in Children’s Literature

“American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. Scroll down for links to book reviews, Native media, and more…”

Booktoss: No Easy Book Love 

“Welcome to Booktoss a blog where the serious business of reading in schools meets the absurd notion that research based literacy practices don’t have to suck the life out of literature.”

The Brown Bookshelf

“The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative of is 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.”

CBC Diversity

“The CBC Diversity initiative was founded in 2012, as part of the Children’s Book Council’s commitment to promoting diverse voices in literature for young people. We believe that all children deserve to see their world reflected in the books they read. We recognize that diversity takes on many forms, including differences in race, religion, gender, geography, sexual orientation, class, and ability.”

Crazy Quilt Edi

“I work to improve the literacy of teens of color, particularly by providing them with books that reflected their lives. Reading multiple varieties of text is the basis for all literacies and in becoming literate, we learn how to navigate the world around us.”

Cynsations

“A source for conversations, publishing information, writer resources & inspiration, bookseller-librarian-teacher appreciation, children’s-YA book news & author outreach” by author Cynthia Leitich Smith

De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children

“Modeled after the award-winning A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children, De Colores reviews and critiques children’s and young adult books about Raza peoples throughout the Diaspora. This blog contains critical reviews, poems, “living stories,” and essays setting the work in cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts. Some of these essays emphasize the effect of “multiculturalism” on primary and secondary education and its impact on Raza young people and communities.”

Disability in KidLit 

“Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions examining this topic from various angles—and always from the disabled perspective.”

Hijabi Librarians

“The Muslim librarians on this blog aim to take a look at Muslims in literature in today’s world. We seek to give voice to Muslim Literature through the lens of OUR expertise as professionals and to give OUR opinions as Muslim Americans. As Muslim Librarians we’ve noticed that while there is a growing number of books with Muslim protagonists being published, there are a lack of review sites dedicated to librarians and teachers penned by Muslim professionals in the literature community. We aim to recognize, celebrate and honor the books and authors that get it right.”

I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?

“So who is this blogsite for? I think it’s for teens (queer or not), for librarians, for teachers, for booksellers, for people with teens in their lives and for anyone interested in YA books with GLBTQ characters and themes. What books are already out there? What’s new? Your answers are here.”

I’m Your Neighbor

“Welcoming immigrants, refugees, and migrants as neighbors through the sharing of children’s literature and other stories.”

Latinxs in KidLit

  • “engage with works about, for, and/or by Latinxs;

  • offer a broad forum on Latinx children’s, MG, and YA books;

  • promote literacy and the love of books within the Latinx community;

  • examine the historical and contemporary state of Latinx characters;

  • encourage interest in Latinx children’s, MG, and YA literature among non-Latin@ readers;

  • share perspectives and resources that can be of use to writers, authors, illustrators, librarians, parents, teachers, scholars, and other stakeholders in literacy and publishing.”

Mitali’s Fire Escape

Author Mitali Perkins’ blog, “a safe place to chat about books between cultures”

Reading (as)(I)An (Am)Erican

“(as)(I)An (Am)EricanThis is a blog for me, an Asian American with a B.A. in Asian American studies and an Asian studies minor, to review the books I read. I will focus primarily on Anglophone Asian and diasporic Asian books (especially #ownvoices books written by Asians/diasporic Asians that feature Asian or diasporic characters) and young adult fiction (middle grade and new adult are also fair game). I will also read other diverse books featuring POC/indigenous, LGBTQ, disabled, religious minority characters. However, I will also review other fiction and nonfiction books I read when I feel like it.”

Reading While White 

“We are White librarians organizing to confront racism in the field of children’s and young adult literature.  We are committed to working in the ongoing struggle for authenticity and visibility in books; to supporting opportunities for people of color and First Nations/Native people in all aspects of the children’s and young adult book world; and to holding publishers, book creators, reviewers, librarians, teachers, and others accountable. We are learning, and hold ourselves responsible for understanding how our Whiteness impacts our perspectives and our behavior as we strive to advocate for this movement.”

Rich In Color 

“Rich in Color is dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult books (fiction and non-fiction) starring or written by people of color or people from First/Native Nations.”

Social Justice Books – See What We See Reviews 

“See What We See (SWWS) is a coalition of writers, scholars, educators, librarians, and activists who believe that books reflect what is valued in society and can therefore shape people’s attitudes and actions towards one another.”

We Are Kid Lit Collective

“The We Are Kidlit Collective works to create materials and opportunities to recognize the humanity of Indigenous and People of Color (IPOC) in youth literature. Our work is premised upon the principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion and centers IPOC voices in children’s literature in order to identify, challenge and dismantle white supremacy and both internalized and systematic racism.  Our intended audience includes educators, librarians, caregivers and young people. We look for ways to improve the literacies of IPOC children, promote books written by and about IPOC, and to encourage gatekeepers to bring a lens of critical literacy to their work.”

We Need Diverse Books

“We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry. Our aim is to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”

YA Pride 

“GayYA.org is a website and blog dedicated to everything LGBTQIA+ in YA”

 

Professional Organizations

NCTE – National Council of Teachers of English
CLA – Children’s Literature Assembly
IRA – International Reading Association
MRA – Michigan Reading Association

Journals* –

The Horn Book (my favorite)
Book List / Book Links (ALA publications)
School Library Journal
Language Arts (NCTE publication)
The Reading Teacher (IRA publication)

*Oakland Students: Theses are available through the OU Libraries in hard copies at Kresge and virtually online.

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