This is not intended to be an exhaustive or static list. Please feel free to recommend readings by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This list was compiled by Jane Harrington.


Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt (2019)

An Indigenous History of the United States for Young People, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (2019)

Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture and Identity, by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi (2019)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo (2018)
    (related article: "What's My Complicity: Talking White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo in Teaching Tolerance, Summer 2019)

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown (2019)

Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times, by Irshad Manji (2019)

So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo. (2018)

Algorithms of Oppression, by Safiya Umoja Noble (2018)

Articles on the Web

"Is it ok for a white author to write black characters?" by Laura Lippman, Washington Post (2019)

"Speaking Up Without Tearing Down," by Loretta J. Ross, Teaching Tolerance (Spring 2019)

"With 'Molly of Denali,' PBS Raises its Bar For Inclusion," by Julia Jacobs, New York Times (July 15, 2019)

“The Diversity Jedi: Celebrating the Advocates Who’ve Seized the Children’s-Literature Conversation,” by Vicky Smith, Kirkus (April 4, 2019) 

"White People Are Broken," by Katherine Fugate, Medium (Aug 22, 2018)

“My Story, Your Story, Their Story, Who Gets to Tell It? First Voice/Own Voice and Indigenous, POC, LGBTQI Children’s Books,” by Maya Gonzalez (April 27, 2018)

“The Struggle Continues: How the Endings of Children’s Literature Create False Narratives of Social Movements,” by Makai Kellogg, Social Justice Books (2019)

“When Worlds Collide: Recent Developments in Children’s Literature,” by Debbie Reese, Knowledge Quest (Jan/Feb 2017)

“My Book on George Washington was Banned. Here’s My Side of the Story,” by Ramin Ganeshram, The Guardian (Feb 18, 2016)

A Birthday Cake for George Washington: The Problem with Banishing Books,” by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) (January 22, 2016)

“In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship?” by Alexandra Alter, New York Times (Dec 24, 2017)

"This Book is Racist, Damaging, Rewritten: Kierra Drake’s debut was slammed for using racial stereotypes for her characters. Unlike other authors, she rewrote the book,” by Everdeen Mason, Washington Post (Mar 19, 2018)

“Black Kids Don’t Want to Read About Harriet Tubman All the Time,” by Denene Millner, New York Times (Mar 10, 2018)

“Racism, Whiteness, and Burnout in Anti-Racism Movements: How White Racial Justice Activists Elevate Burnout in Racial Justice Activists of Color in the United States,” by Paul C. Gorski and Noura Erakat, Ethnicities (2019)

Missing From the Shelf: Book Challenges and Lack of Diversity in Children’s Literature, a report by PenAmerica (2016)

Elizabeth Acevedo’s Work Is a Welcome Rarity in Young-Adult Fiction The Atlantic, May 21, 2019

There is No Secret to Writing About People Who Do Not Look Like You, by Brandon Taylor (2016)

"The Apartheid of Children's Literature," by Christopher Myers, New York Times (Mar 15, 2014)

Journals, Blogs & Other Resources on the Web

Africa Access Review (Children's Africana Book Awards)

Diversity Book Lists & Activities... (Multicultural Children's Book Day)

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL), an academic journal from St. Catherine University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program (published twice yearly since 2018; takes submissions)

Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom

Reading While White: Working for Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Books For Children and Teens


We Need Diverse Books (WNDB)

Disability in Kidlit

American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL)

De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children

The Brown Bookshelf

Latinxs in Kid Lit

Video on the Web

“The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture: An Indigenous Critique of Whiteness in Children’s Literature,” by Debbie Reese (April 14, 2019)

“Diversity Designed by Adversity,” a TEDx Talk by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Dec 18, 2017)

“The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” a TEDx Talk by Grace Lin (Jan 2016)

“What it Takes to be Racially Literate,” a TEDWomen Talk by Priya Vulchi and Winona Gua (Nov 2017)

“The Urgency of Intersectionality,” a TEDWomen Talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw (Oct 2016)



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