Diversity Is Not A Trend – 15 Blogs and Websites Committed To Diversity In Literature Year-Round

(This post is a follow up to a previous resource sharing article, 12 Blogs That Promote Diverse Books and Authors. The title is self-explanatory.)

After three months of actively engaging in and exploring the book-blogging community, I have discovered even more blogs and websites that share my mission — to promote and give visibility to the stories written by people of color and other marginalized voices. These are people and organizations committed to year-round, life-long promotion of stories that reflect the richness of our world’s cultures. 

Diversity in literature is not a trend and should never be treated as such. 

Please visit and/or follow the blogs below to help promote multicultural reading in a small, but important way. 


Blogs & Websites That Promote Diverse Books and Authors

 

Blogs:

*YA/Adult Focus*

Incessant Scribble  – This African literary blog is run by Osondu Awaraka, a young Nigerian man from Lagos who writes eloquent and thoughtful reviews of African novels.

Word Contessa – A stunning blog run by Nuzaifa, an “Advocate for #DiverseLit” and an “Intersectional Feminist.”

Read In Colour – A multicultural blog that reviews a variety of books, from children’s literature to world literature. It’s everything I look for in a multicultural blog. 

Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance – “Highlighting African-Americans (and others on the African diaspora) in speculative fiction.” An important blog with an important mission.

If You Can Read This – A personal book blog led by a smart woman who loves to interact with her followers. Visit her blog for some of the best multicultural book recommendations. 

 

*YA Focus*

American Indians In Children’s Literature – An established blog that “provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books.”

Twinja Book Reviews  Run by twin sisters who are passionate about diversity in YA fiction. They have a lovely, lively blog and they write with passion.

Crazy QuiltEdi – The author of the blog is Edith, an academic librarian who posts reviews and discusses notable events and issues in Children’s Literature.

Disability In Kidlit – “Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions examining this topic from various angles—and always from the disabled perspective.”

Unconventional Librarian – Led by an elementary school teacher who is passionate about reading books that represent society in all diversity. 

 

 

Book Clubs:

 

Mocha Girls Read – A monthly book club that aims to bring black women in their communities together who love to read. If you live in Los Angeles or San Diego, California, you may even be able to meet these women!

Latina Book Club – This blog encourages its followers to read at least one book by a Latin@ every month. It offers great recommendations for its monthly book club and hosts author interviews and discussion on Latin@ and women’s issues.

 

Websites & Resources:

 

Rosarium Publishing – A growing independent publisher that specializes in speculative fiction and comics written by diverse authors. They recently started an IndiegogoPlease donate if you’re passionate about diversity in literature. Even $5 makes a difference. 

Book Riot – The website in general is a brilliant resource for readers of all walks of life. But their “Reading Diversely FAQ” (Linked in the site name) is especially great and everyone who has questions about what it means to read “diversely” or why it’s important should check it out. 

All Our Worlds – An indispensable database of thousands of books of diverse stories. “Queerness, race, culture, disability, all deserve and need representation.” Explore this database if you’re in the mood for diverse speculative fiction. 


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33 thoughts on “Diversity Is Not A Trend – 15 Blogs and Websites Committed To Diversity In Literature Year-Round

  1. Oh my goodness this is the greatest post! So many of these blogs I probably never would have found by myself but now I’ve just subscribed myself to a whole bunch of them. Thank you so much for sharing this – blogs like this are amazing for bringing into the light books with some real quality to them.

  2. That’s such an awesome list, thanks to you I’m finding more diverse book blogs, too. It’s so nice to discover so many wonderful people blogging to make a change! And thank you so much for mentioning my little blog, you are too kind! 🙂
    Also, happy that Rosarium is growing! Definitely donating.

  3. I am so glad that you came to my blog and I found yours. I share your concern for spreading the word about diversity and i find we both are enthusiastic about some particular books. I also choose to review many books by women of color, although I also reviews others as well. Thanks for giving me some new leads to follow. Keep us your great work. I believe books can allow us to learn empathy and compassion for those unlike ourselves. We need that especially right now.

  4. AMAZING LIST 😀 I think you are very active in the blogging world and its awesome that you get to narrow down these bloggers for us 🙂 ! Encouraging Diversity in books is a must !! – Trang

  5. Thank you so much for this incredible list, Naz! Diversity is often treated as trend to hop on to not just in publishing but also within the blogging community. & thank you so much for including my own blog here, it’s a honor! 🙂

    *runs of to start a blog following spree*

  6. This is a great list! Diversity is important to us, too, and we’ve learned a TON from our blog’s focus on characters and authors that are underrepresented or marginalized in YA. It’s such an important thing to highlight; so imperative that everyone can find themselves in a book while also showing that the world looks a lot different in actuality than what we’re used to seeing in media.

    We’ve pulled together our own list of resources too: https://thebookmarkplace.com/find-similar-resources/

    Can’t wait to see what else you have coming!

    1. Of course, how could I forget about your blog! I’m already following you on WordPress, it seems. I’ll be sure to include you in my next list. 🙂

      Thank you for the link, I will visit and follow the ones I don’t already follow.

    1. That sound a wonderful! I may not be able to contribute much to discussions on diversity in Children’s Lit, as that isn’t my specialty. But I am happy to learn and promote all the posts for the meme on Twitter.
      Thanks for letting me know!

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