(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
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.
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.
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 Indiegogo. Please 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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