When I’m not writing or reading for my blog, much of my time is spent perusing other blogs and participating in the vibrant book-blogging community. I’ve come across many excellent websites and blogs that are run by passionate and intelligent people who wish to promote diversity in the publishing industry. The importance of fair and complex representation of marginalized people in all media cannot be underestimated.
Below is a list of blogs and websites that promote multicultural reading and reading about the experiences of marginalized communities.
Rich In Color – One of my favorite websites. I check it every day and it’s actually very similar to mine! However, it only focuses on Children’s and YA literature. It is updated a few times a week with upcoming releases, reviews, relevant posts and discussions. Please bookmark NOW.
Les Reveries de Rowena – Rowena has terrific blog with reviews from quite a diverse list of authors. Her reviews are insightful and cover many different topics and issues.
Brown Books & Green Tea – Another personal blog. Whitney posts regularly and eloquently and writes reviews on multicultural books.
The Pocobookreader – This blog was born out of the genuine pleasure that reading Post-Colonial and diverse literature brought the blogger.
Brown Girl Reading – Generally multicultural with a focus on African-American writers and writers of the African diaspora.
The Brown Bookshelf – A fantastic blog about Children’s and YA literature by African-American authors. The writer’s credentials are impressive – 8 award-winning authors dedicated to advocating for diverse children’s literature.
The Afro-Librarians – This one isn’t updated as frequent as I’d like, but the archives contain many posts about the writing experience, poetry, and issues of the African diaspora.
African Book Addict – A wonderful blog that focuses on books about the African diaspora. Please visit it now to enter a giveaway for “African Love Stories: An Anthology.” The deadline for entering is February 15!
Black and Writerly – A fairly new blog that I’m keeping my eye on. It focuses on writing, but also please check out its latest post, “Black Girls Can Be Magical Too.” It’s superb and poignant.
Africa Access Review – A comprehensive website whose aim is “expanding perspectives on Africa book by book.”
Latin@s in Kid Lit – EXCELLENT blog that has it all: author interviews and highlights, reviews, and discussion of relevant issues for Latin@s in the publishing industry.
Vamos A Leer – Spanish for “Let’s Read.” It was created by the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico. Yeah, so this blog is legit. It’s a great resource for educators or anyone who wants to incorporate more Latin American literature into their reading.