1. Apprently only ten percent of children’s books published in a given year have multicultural content, but I think it’s a lot lower in Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction, and I don’t seen any surge in diversity. 2013 is, in fact, looking like the least diverse year since I started paying attention five or so years ago.

    — Charlotte’s Library: A look at diversity in middle grade fantasy and science fiction so far this year (via sdiaz101)

  2. cloudunbound:

You will tweet ALA Book Buzz: A Conversation with Two Multicultural Publishers for me, won’t you? I have to leave Chicago Monday morning, and these are two savvy publishers fighting the good fight.

    cloudunbound:

    You will tweet ALA Book Buzz: A Conversation with Two Multicultural Publishers for me, won’t you? I have to leave Chicago Monday morning, and these are two savvy publishers fighting the good fight.

  3. firstbook:

The lack of diversity in kids’ books is a real problem for many kids in need. To become strong readers, they need to see themselves in books and stories.Today, at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting,  First Book proposed a solution.READ MORE: http://blog.firstbook.org/2013/06/13/lack-of-diversity-in-kids-books-and-how-to-fix-it/

    firstbook:

    The lack of diversity in kids’ books is a real problem for many kids in need. To become strong readers, they need to see themselves in books and stories.

    Today, at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting,  First Book proposed a solution.

    READ MORE: http://blog.firstbook.org/2013/06/13/lack-of-diversity-in-kids-books-and-how-to-fix-it/

  4. Really, diversity is not about black or white or gay or straight or anything so specific. Diversity is about inclusion. It’s about including everyone in a world that doesn’t just yet. It’s about leading by example, not by lecture. So often, readers don’t need an explanation when it comes to diversity. What they need are characters who are naturally themselves in a story that easily fits them. Seeing those pure examples of diversity, the reader can feel at ease in the real world without having to explain or lecture or look around and question.

    — For Diversity’s Sake: A Guest Post by David James | one [word] at a time (via sdiaz101)

  5. [T]he importance of libraries in general is a very good story that is being very badly told.

    — 

    Michael Rosenblum (down the comment thread)

    So in a way this whole ordeal sort of begs the all important question: how do we effectively demonstrate the library’s value to demographics that do not necessarily need the library, i.e. rich white dudes? This case is even more complicated, as he seems to be a wealthy white man with a truly skewed view of poverty and access. I’m not sure we care whether or not this person ever steps foot in a library (I certainly do not), but I don’t think it serves us to alienate those folks with cash and a national audience.

    (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

  6. As a dual heritage woman, I will say this: if all teenagers have to read is books about white people, should we be surprised if it becomes their default? After all, that’s why I feel different, isn’t it? So if almost every book, and film and television show, is told from the point of view of someone white, then aren’t we being told that normal is white? And not just white, but straight, able-bodied and cisgendered? And that anything other than that is strange?

    — 

    YA novelist Tanya Byrne writing in The Independent about the lack of diversity in YA publishing. I must say I couldn’t agree with her more, but the rise of indie presses like Lee & Low Books gives me hope.

    Now I must track down Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses.

    (via cloudunbound)

  7. diversityinya:

    9 young adult books about South Asian main characters:

    (book descriptions are from WorldCat; links go to Barnes & Noble)

    Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita Arni and Moyna Chitrakar (Groundwood Books, 2011)

    This version of the The Ramayana is told from the perspective of Sita, the queen. It is an allegorical story that contains important Hindu teachings, and it has had great influence on Indian life and culture over the centuries.

    Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (Disney Hyperion, 2009)

    Fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal has grown up knowing that being a member of the Knights Templar puts her in danger, but if she is to save London from catastrophe she must make sacrifices greater than she imagined.

    Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009)

    Nina Khan is not just the only Asian or Muslim student in her small-town high school in upstate New York, she is also faces the legacy of her “Supernerd” older sister, body hair, and the pain of having a crush when her parents forbid her to date.

    What I Meant by Marie Lamba (Random House Children’s Books, 2007)

    Having to share her home with her demanding and devious aunt from India makes it all the more difficult for fifteen-year-old Sang to deal with such things as her parents thinking she is too young to date, getting less than perfect grades, and being shut out by her long-time best friend.

    Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009)

    In the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Samar, who is of Punjabi heritage but has been raised with no knowledge of her past by her single mother, wants to learn about her family’s history and to get in touch with the grandparents her mother shuns.

    Karma by Cathy Ostlere (Razorbill, 2011)

    In 1984, following her mother’s suicide, 15-year-old Maya and her Sikh father travel to New Delhi from Canada to place her mother’s ashes in their final resting place. On the night of their arrival, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated, Maya and her father are separated when the city erupts in chaos, and Maya must rely on Sandeep, a boy she has just met, for survival.

    Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera (Albert Whitman, 2011)

    Six months after the events of September 11, 2001, Khalid, a Muslim fifteen-year-old boy from England is kidnapped during a family trip to Pakistan and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he is held for two years suffering interrogations, water-boarding, isolation, and more for reasons unknown to him.

    First Daughter: White House Rules by Mitali Perkins (Dutton Children’s Books, 2008)

    Once sixteen-year-old Sameera Righton’s father is elected president of the United States, the adopted Pakistani-American girl moves into the White House and makes some decisions about how she is going to live her life in the spotlight.

    Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet by Kashmira Sheth (Hyperion, 2006)

    Growing up with her family in Mumbai, India, sixteen-year-old Jeeta disagrees with much of her mother’s traditional advice about how to live her life and tries to be more modern and independent.

    The House of Djinn by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)

    An unexpected death brings Shabanu’s daughter, Mumtaz, and nephew, Jameel, both aged fifteen, to the forefront of an attempt to modernize Pakistan, but the teens must both sacrifice their own dreams if they are to meet family and tribal expectations.

  8. It’s a common cliché, and it’s very subtle. In our ever-increasing commitment to include diverse characters in novels, we’ve also, at the same time, increased a stereotype ― that black kids (when they’re among an “ensemble cast”) don’t have much going on and aren’t worthy of the spotlight. In the old days they called this tokenism ― sticking a person of color into the mix for the sake of having a black face among the group. This has its disadvantages. Young readers want to know what’s in the hearts and souls that are behind those faces of color. But when we don’t give these characters the same depth as is allowed the other characters, we perpetuate the stereotype that black teens are lesser people.

    — Andrea Davis Pinkney - CBC Diversity: Diversity 101: The Sidekick Syndrome (via sdiaz101)

  9. cloudunbound:

    A sampling of Lee & Low’s award-winning titles. What a pleasure to see book jackets that reflect the world as it really is. See L&L’s blog, The Open Book, to track developments in #diverselit (a Twitter discussion they hold).

  10. “For almost all of the library resources we asked about, African Americans and Hispanics are significantly more likely than whites to consider them ‘very important’ to the community. That includes: reference librarians, free access to computers/internet, quiet study spaces, research resources, jobs and careers resources, free events, and free meeting spaces.”

    Yet this broad communal support never translates to a significant number of black and brown librarians. The diversity report from ALA, which was revised in 2012 (and reflects 2009–10 numbers), shows that among a total credentialed library population of 118,666, only 6,160 are black and 3,661 are Latino.

    — Diversity Never Happens: The Story of Minority Hiring Doesn’t Seem To Change Much | Library Journal Editorial

  11. Paper and Particles: Tumblarians who want to read diversely →

    asthedaysgobylifehappenss:

    Inspired by thispost and the general lack of awareness about some things among the community here are some books to read if you want to partake in reading diversely! 

    http://zahrawithaz.livejournal.com/12471.html

    That is literally a list of books written by Queer People of Color. I’ve read a lot of them being a QPOC myself and they’re quite good.

    http://karnythia.tumblr.com/post/32866388111/here-are-books-for-you-to-be-a-decent-person

    This is another good list of books about perspectives that do not fit the hegemony.

    And I’m not sure if it’s on those lists but Racism Without Racists is a must read.

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_9G4-vscSI1TmQ4Rm5FM19UUDA/edit

    That is the link to the pdf online.

    Enjoy!

    This is basically my favorite kind of Tumblr post.

  12. diversityinya:

    9 YA Books About Multiracial Characters — Expanded from a list created by Sarah Hannah Gómez at YALSA’s The Hub

    Mexican White Boy by Matt De La Pena
    Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia
    If I Tell by Janet Gurtler
    Liar by Justine Larbalestier
    Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong
    by Joan Steinau Lester
    Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
    Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
    The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
    Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

  13. I’m sure you hear about the impact True Diary has on kids all the time. What story has left the most lasting impression on you? The big moment for me was when I gave a reading in Spokane in 2009, and eight or nine Chicano boys drove up with their teacher from Ephrata, WA, which has a heavily migrant worker population. These Chicano boys were so into the book—and they were all wearing ties—and they told me that they had decided to put on ties to show respect to me and the book. Their excitement was amazing, and all of them said it was the first book they’d ever finished. What made the book so special? It was the first book they ever read that felt real.

    — Sherman Alexie Talks to NCAC’s the Write Stuff About Being Banned | Blogging Censorship (via sdiaz101)

  14. nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident:

libraryjournal:

As the nation’s changing demographics transform neighborhoods — currently, the U.S. minority population of 37 percent is projected to grow to 47 percent by 2050 — financially pressured library leaders strive for ways to better serve a steadily diversifying population while offering traditional services amid growing technology needs. With stagnated or shrinking budgets, branch managers are faced with making decisions with lasting impact, from book selection to hiring a bilingual or multilingual staff serving communities with rapidly shifting demographics, often placing added strain on already scare resources.
Diversifying Populations Place New Burdens on Public Libraries - NationalJournal.com

I’d call it an opportunity, not a burden.

Yes yes yes!

    nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident:

    libraryjournal:

    As the nation’s changing demographics transform neighborhoods — currently, the U.S. minority population of 37 percent is projected to grow to 47 percent by 2050 — financially pressured library leaders strive for ways to better serve a steadily diversifying population while offering traditional services amid growing technology needs. With stagnated or shrinking budgets, branch managers are faced with making decisions with lasting impact, from book selection to hiring a bilingual or multilingual staff serving communities with rapidly shifting demographics, often placing added strain on already scare resources.

    Diversifying Populations Place New Burdens on Public Libraries - NationalJournal.com

    I’d call it an opportunity, not a burden.

    Yes yes yes!

  15. 
As the nation’s changing demographics transform neighborhoods — currently, the U.S. minority population of 37 percent is projected to grow to 47 percent by 2050 — financially pressured library leaders strive for ways to better serve a steadily diversifying population while offering traditional services amid growing technology needs. With stagnated or shrinking budgets, branch managers are faced with making decisions with lasting impact, from book selection to hiring a bilingual or multilingual staff serving communities with rapidly shifting demographics, often placing added strain on already scare resources.

Diversifying Populations Place New Burdens on Public Libraries - NationalJournal.com

    As the nation’s changing demographics transform neighborhoods — currently, the U.S. minority population of 37 percent is projected to grow to 47 percent by 2050 — financially pressured library leaders strive for ways to better serve a steadily diversifying population while offering traditional services amid growing technology needs. With stagnated or shrinking budgets, branch managers are faced with making decisions with lasting impact, from book selection to hiring a bilingual or multilingual staff serving communities with rapidly shifting demographics, often placing added strain on already scare resources.

    Diversifying Populations Place New Burdens on Public Libraries - NationalJournal.com