New book review on Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Fangirl’, best book I’ve read so far this year!!! :D
Within the last few weeks, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and CNN have all published articles examining the lack of diversity in children’s and young adult literature — and next month, School Library Journal plans to publish an entire issue devoted to diversity. While all this mainstream interest in diversity is to be applauded for bringing more people into the ongoing conversation about diversity, they still largely fail to tackle the problem of how we can change the status quo.
We at Diversity in YA obviously don’t have all the answers, and we aren’t the first people to talk about these issues. This conversation has been going on for decades. What we do have are ideas for how you can change the status quo right now. If you’re an ordinary reader, you don’t have to wait to show your support for books that show the world as it is. Here are five ways you can help make positive change right now:
1. Look for diversity.
Make a conscious effort to seek out books to read that feature characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters. They may not be front-and-center at your local Barnes & Noble; you may have to look around a bit or go online to find them.
2. Support diversity.
Support the diverse books that are published today by buying them, by checking them out at your library, or by requesting that your library buy them.
3. Recommend diversity.
If you use Goodreads, Facebook, social media, or have a blog, talk up the books you love that happen to have diverse characters. Tell your friends! Word of mouth is still key in bringing awareness to books. And remember: You don’t need to recommend them solely for their diversity — they’re great books to enjoy, plain and simple.
4. Talk up diversity.
When discussions around diversity in literature occur online, join in the conversation if you can to express that you do want more diverse books to read and that the issue is important to you.
5. Don’t give up.
There will always be people who dismiss “diversity” as meaningless. They are the reason we must keep fighting for representation. We’re all in this together.
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Want a list of diverse YA books you can get started reading right now? Here are a dozen YA books of all kinds (contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery — something for everyone!) that happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters.
Want even more book lists? Here’s a link to all of our book lists.
Are you tired of books that constantly tell the same old story of “The Chosen One” over and over again? Me too…
Book Stacking Challenge By: ThePowerInThePages
GUESS WHO’S BACK?! Sorry it took so long (•—•) New videos to come soon! P.S. Amy edited this for the first time so, sorry if it sucks :/
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Question of the day: What are your favorite books?
Book to Screen discussion about season 4 of “The Walking Dead.”
Clicky click for my thoughts and opinions of The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
I apologise in advance for my rambling, gushing, and overly articulate hand movements.
Plus side, I resisted the temptation to sing “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard” (it took much resisting not to sing it!!!)