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AISL Summer Institute 2019: Suggested Reading

June 26-27, St. Louis, MO

Further Reading and Additional Resources for

We See You Summer Institute, 2019

Articles from periodicals and blogs:

  Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors by Rudine Sims Bishop

Mirror and Window Books Why and How by Sandra Hughes-Hassell Ph.D. School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Mirrors and Windows of Muslim Life by K. Imani Tennyson on the Rich in Color Blog, 11/18/15


Native YA: Four Native American Authors on Their Messages for Teens by Alia Jones, SLJ Blog, Jul 09, 2018


Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Understanding Your Local Community (Part 1)

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: the How to (Part 2)

Doing a YA Collection Diversity Audit: Resources and Sources (Part 3)


From WebJunction, the Learning Place for Libraries

Racial Equity in the Library: Where to Start Part 1

by Erin M. Schadt, 2/10/16

Racial Equity in the Library: Diverse Collections, Programming, Resources Part 2 by Erin M. Schadt, 2/17/16

          The Future is Now and its Inclusive, Camille A. Collins. Bookriot, 4/24/19

          Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews by Melinda Lo. Feb. 19, 2015.

How to Choose the Best Multicultural Books for your Collection--from The Open Book Blog from Lee and Low, April 2, 2019.


Where is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2015 Diversity Baseline Survey Results from The Open Book blog


From YALSA’s blog, two 2015 posts:  The Inclusive Library: More than a Diverse Collection part 1and part HERE.


Two interesting articles from the BookRiot website:

'Own Voices' : Roxane Gay and the Metric for Reality

The Problem with #OWNVOICES LGBTQ Lit


The Benefits and Limits of diversity Audits



National Council of Teacher’s of English Children’s Book Award-Winning Titles for the African American Read-in

African-American Read-in Toolkit


Center for the study of Multicultural Literature -- be sure to look at their annual best of book lists!

Lee and Low’s Classroom Library Questionnaire

Publishing Statistics on Children's Books about People of Color and First/Native Nations and by People of Color and First/Native Nations Authors and Illustrators

Documented by the Cooperative Children's Book Center School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison last updated March 8, 2019


Equity in Action; Library Journal’s webinar.


Research on Diversity in Youth Literature is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by St. Catherine University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program and University Library. RDYL is published twice a year; some issues will center around a particular theme. Vol. 1 no. 1 is themed around the following:


The Culturally Responsive Library Walk

Developed by Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Amanda Hitson
The Culturally Responsive Library Walk is designed to be a collaborative tool for administrators, librarians, and teachers to assess the library’s responsiveness to the needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students who attend the school. The goal of the Library Walk is to identify strengths, to discover areas that need improvement, and to develop a path to achieve a culturally responsive library program. It is an observation and planning document that is informed by research on culturally responsive pedagogy and is based on the philosophy of creating a student-centered library program. The Culturally Responsive Library Walk steps are listed in order with the observation sheets attached.


YALSA’s Cultural Competency wiki page


Additional resources to research from Reading While White.


The GLBTRT ALA Round Table home page

Websites & blogs to follwow:


We are Kidlit Collective

And here's their 2019 summer reading list!


We Need Diverse Books


Social Justice Books -- A Teaching for Change Project


Equity in the Library, a blog about library collections, programming, and services for all youth from the University of North Carolina, Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Julie Stivers.


BookToss--This blog has not been updated since January (as of April 17th, 2019), but besides her interesting posts, she also lists graphic novels to keep and graphic novels to toss. there are probably some interesting conversations waiting to happen about these posts!


Crazy Quilt Edi -- With annual booklists, POC author lists, and diversity sources, this is a rich site for resources and commentary.


Rich in Color.   

Rich in Color is [a blog] dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult fiction starring or written by people of color or people from First/Native Nations. We believe that teens (and adults!) should be able to find themselves in the kinds of books they love to read. At Rich in Color, we want to showcase a wide variety of multicultural books so that kids will be able to see themselves as more than just the sassy best friend, the very special lesson, or the extra in the background.

Read it Real Good--Children's book reviews and musings on diversity; also includes a Review Index! Mostly elementary age level, but some middle and h.s. as well.

Multicultural Literature Resources

Resources to Help You Build an Inclusive Classroom Library

I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read?    This is one great blog. It has sooooo much!

See the blog roll on the Reading While White blog about inclusivity, diversity, social justice in the world of libraries, publishing and books.


The Rainbow List blog 

The Rainbow Book List is created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Originally a joint project between the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable and the Social Responsibilities Round Table, the Rainbow Book List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.


To learn more about the committee, visit the Rainbow Book List Committee homepage.


Las Musas--Las Musas is a website that "...spotlight[s] the contribution of Las Musas in the evolving canon of children's literature and celebrate[s] the diversity of voice, experioence, and power in [their] communities." It is "...the first collective of womend and non binary...Latinx MG and YA authors and amplify each other's debut or sophomore novels in US children's literature."

Random book lists that I've come across and liked:*

*Please send me yours and I'll add them here!