Children's & Young Adult Literature Resources: Diversity in YA and Children's Lit Resources

This resources guide aims to consolidate important resources for the study and use of children's literature. Bibliographies and scholarly resources to complement our monthly Children's Literature Exhibit at the Pollak Library are also included.

Blogs, Lists, Initiatives, Resources

Multicultural Young Adult and Children’s Literature – Blogs, Publishers, Resources




"We Need Diverse Books" panel sessions at New York City BookCon 2014  
We Need Diverse Books initiative - The lack of diversity in children's literature is nothing new – it's an issue that's been roiling the book world for years. Just in the past few weeks, it's come to a head with the We Need Diverse Books campaign on Twitter and Tumblr. Everyone agrees: all kinds of kids need to be able to see themselves reflected in the books they read.
Lee & Low Books- A major goal of the company is to meet the need for stories that children of color can identify with and that all children can enjoy. In addition, we make a special effort to work with writers and illustrators of color, and take pride in nurturing many talented people who are new to the world of children's book publishing with our annual New Voices Award.
American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)
Established in 2006, 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.
Children's Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States
Statistics Gathered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center
School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Library Guide for Multicultural Children’s and Young Adult Literature
See the tab under Children’s Literature Exhibit (you will find Young Adult books in these lists as well).


The Apartheid of Children’s Literature
By Christopher Myers 
MARCH 15, 2014


For Young Latino Readers, an Image Is Missing
By Motoko Rich
December 4, 2012
Hughes-Hassell, S. (2013). Multicultural Young Adult Literature as a Form of Counter-Storytelling. The Library Quarterly, 83(3). doi:10.1086/670696
Naidoo, J. C. (2014, April 5). The importance of diversity in the library programs and material collections for children. Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved from
Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in Classrooms and Libraries. (2011). Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited.