The Jane Addams Peace Association deeply honors and supports the Black Lives Matter movement and protests. Our vision of ‘a future where people actively work to dismantle injustices and build a more peaceful, equitable world’ is unfolding today! The work will be ongoing. Below find the voices of educators, authors, and activists of color from whom we can listen and learn regarding children’s literature at this time of transformative change.
- A Year of Thursdays
- American Indians in Children’s Literature
- Brown Bookshelf
- Cuatrogatos Foundation
- De Colores
- Disability in KidLit
- Hijabi Librarians
- Indigo’s Bookshelf: Voices of Native Youth
- Latinxs in KidLit
- Medal on My Mind
- Research on Diversity in Youth Literature
- Rich in Color
- See What We See: Social Justice Books
- Teaching For Change
- Vamos a Leer
- We Need Diverse Books
- We’re The People Reading Lists
(Thank you to Reading While White for compiling this list of own voices resources.)
Critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.
A community within The Children’s Book Council, the non-profit trade association for children’s book publishers, dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and experiences contributing to children’s and young adult literature via blogs and book lists.
Gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature, including monitoring annual statistics on books published by and about people of color and First/Native Nations. Annually publishes a list of CCBC Choice Books.
Exploring the world of Latinx young adult, middle grade, and children’s literature via book posts, reviews, author interviews, and teaching ideas.
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop uses “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors” as an analogy to discuss the importance of diversity in books and the authors who write them. Youtube interview above. Click here for Reading is Fundamental Essay.
A nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. Their magazine, books, resources, and projects promote equity and racial justice in the classroom.
Providing teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world by drawing direct connections to real-world issues. Encouraging teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.
A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, helping teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in democracy. Their anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. Their Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action.
Annual summer reading lists premised on the principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion and centering IPOC voices in children’s literature in order to identify, challenge, and dismantle white supremacy and both internalized and systematic racism.
A grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry helping to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
A joint project of Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change providing resources for teaching young people a people’s history.
Book Awards and Book Lists Relating to Social Justice Themes
Awarded biennially, the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America.
Founded to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.
Honoring original well-written books by or about Arab Americans experience including children and young adult titles.
This award honors and recognizes individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
National Council for Social Studies honors the most distinguished social science books for young readers that depict ethnicity with sensitivity and accuracy.
Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association give annual awards to children’s and young adult books that give an accurate and balanced understanding of African societies and issues.
Sponsored by the American Library Association, honoring African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Sponsored by the American Library Association, honoring Latino/Latina writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Formerly the Amelia Bloomer Book List, identifying books with significant feminist content.
A project of Teaching for Change, bringing together the best multicultural and social justice titles for children, young adults, and educators with extensive book lists categorized by topic and age, as well as critical reviews of children’s literature from the See What We See Coalition.
Sponsored by the Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association, honoring books that address social responsibility towards individuals, communities, societies, and/or the environment as well as invite reflection and socially responsible action by the reader.
Honoring authors and illustrators who create children’s literature depicting the Mexican American experience that is accurate and engaging, avoid stereotypes, and reflects rich characterization
Native American books for school-age children.
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Search Jane Addams Award Books for BIPOC Authors, Illustrators, & Related Teaching Resources.