Think Broadly: Diversity Reading and Writing Link List

I keep saving up–and sometimes not saving up–interesting, informative, and educational resources for reading and writing diverse literature. Diverse isn’t a perfect term, but it might mean attention to racial and ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, sexual orientations, ability and disability, religion, and economic status, just for a few examples. Having access to the internet today, and having so many voices sharing (and having shared through times when not so many people were listening) makes me truly fortunate, and I’ve been trying to think of more ways I can be supportive. Keeping a list of what I’m listening to seems like one very tiny way. I’ll be updating this list as I can; I’m hoping to add a link or two each week (and I want to note that there are dozens of great pieces posted every week). Last updated 9/20/2015.


Disability in Kidlit

Going to college with a disability–“Invisible: Disability at Yale

Gender Identity

The blog Gay-Themed Picture Books for Children has a list of picture books related to gender identity, including some in languages other than English.

Transgender Children’s Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo

Why? Voices:

Bay Ridge teens tell you why.

Some Specific Groups

Depression in YA and the Latin@ Community.

Reading for Pleasure in Indian Families (Part 1).

Caribbean Literary Culture’s Gatekeeping of Caribbean Children’s Literature

Hinduism in YA Lit

Never Alone and the need for American Indian narratives in games

Race and representation in Asian American Kid Lit

Cool Places to Start Research

Steampunk India

NEW List of Black women illustrators

Reading Broadly, and Why It Matters

The folks at Book Riot talk about those frequently asked diverse reading questions.

Writing-Specific Resources

Writing with Color: Description Guide Part I and Part II on Writing with Color (see also a lot of great links in the FAQ)

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