Reading diversely is important. (If you disagree with that statement, I would kindly ask you to move along. Thanks.)
Even with the best of intentions it can be tough. You don’t know what questions to ask, what books to read, and how to talk about it. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the rabbit hole that is diversity topics on the internet, so I whittled down the internet overload to a few resources to get you started.
If you want to start at the beginning: We Need Diverse Books
Spurned by the success of of the hashtag campaign last April that was part of the backlash of BookCon’s all-white, all-male panel announcement, the movement moved from twitter to Indiegogo to their own site and tumblr.
If you are looking to get involved, this is the place to be. It is chalk full of book recommendations, resources for librarians and teachers, ways to get involved and where you can find the WNDB crew spreading the word.
If you have questions and are not sure who to ask: BookRiot
BookRiot is all over diversity. And they are rocking it. The most awesome out of all the awesome things that they are doing is the Diversity FAQ. They took many of the questions and comments they received about diversity topics and four of the contributing writers give you straight answers. The questions range from Isn’t paying attention the author’s race racist? and What qualifies as a person of color? Good stuff here!
You need a bit of help finding diverse books:
You can get on the Google machine and search to your hearts content, but the time suck involved could take weeks. I collected a few lists to get you started.
Lots of Diversity Lists // Goodreads
Culturally Diverse Children Books // The Guardian
Diversity Lists featuring YA Literature // Diversity in YA
A List of Diversity Lists // CBC Diversity
Another List of Lists this one has everything from Interracial Families to Gay and Lesbian themes // Cooperative Children’s Book Center