Daily Archives: February 26, 2014

Diversity Links – February 2014

We link to a lot of things over on Tumblr, but in case you missed them, here they are rounded up for you all in one place:

Black History Month

Librarian Hannah Gómez on some of the problematic aspects of Black History Month and how to change things for the better: How to Have the Same Old, Same Old Black History Month

Looking for historical fiction about African Americans? Check out librarian Kelly Jensen’s Black History in YA Fiction: A Time Line at Book Riot.

The Brown Bookshelf celebrates Black History Month with its annual 28 Days Later campaign, spotlighting emerging and established children’s book creators of color.

The Publishing Business

Donna Bray, Co-Publisher of Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, in an interview with CBC Diversity on the challenges and joys of publishing diverse books.

Scholastic/Arthur A. Leving Books Editor Cheryl Klein explains the complexities of publishing diverse books.

Writing Diversity

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith on Writing, Tonto & The Wise-Cracking Minority Sidekick Who Is the First to Die.

Author Beth Revis asked fellow authors Rae Carson, Alex London, Ruta Sepetys, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Shaun Hutchinson, Marie Lu, Erin Bow, Alexandra Duncan, Shawna Mlawski, and Colleen Houck “Why is diversity important?”

Cindy L. Rodriguez of Latin@s in Kid Lit says The Kid Lit World Needs Gary Soto and Others Like Him.

Reading Diversity

Debbie Reese writes about stereotypes in children’s and YA literature about American Indians, and then suggests seven of her favorite books, going beyond Sherman Alexie.

At Buzzfeed Books, the article Thinking Beyond Pink and Blue explores the new nonfiction book Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out.

Publishers Weekly also writes about Beyond Magenta, including a few words from one of the transgender teens profiled in the book.

Librarian Celia C. Perez asks “Why are they always white children?” at her All Brown All Around blog.