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Finding Inclusive Books

Supporting Reader Identity: A Focus on Mirror and Window Reads



Own Voices Defined: A popular hashtag created by author Corinne Duyvis as a shorthand for books with authentic representations of diverse characters that are written by people who have those identities.


“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”


  • CBC Diversity - A Branch of the Children's Book Council

  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (often called the CCBC) - University of Wisconsin-Madison

    • Read their blog

    • In addition to being a wonderful resource, the CCBC is known for compiling statistics about representation in children's literature each year ​both by gathering data on the authors and illustrators who write the books as well as the protagonists who star in them.

      • Here are the most recent statistics about books published in 2015​. The link shares the process by which a visual of the statistics was made by Sarah Park Dahlen and her team of #DiversityJedis. It is not a positive picture of representation of POC/Indigenous protagonists. Sarah posted a follow up post about the infographic which includes scholarly considerations about the current statistics and the images itself.

  • Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Book - Teaching for Change Books

    • Here is a slightly different version from The Council on Interracial Books for Children: 10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Racism and Sexism 

      • NOTE: While the title of this document suggests that is it possible to review books quickly for racism and sexism, this list should be considered as a starting place for anaysis. Racism and sexism like other destructive -isms are pervasive, often nuanced, both overt and covert, systemic, and exceedingly complex and it would be hard to quickly determine their presence in a book in just one reading.

  • Joyful Diversity List - Books that celebrate joyful moments and accomplishments of People of Color/Indigenous People

  • Library Booklists - Diverse fiction for children - a list of lists

  • Magic-in-Every-Book - an amazing list of resources for finding POC protagonists

  • MirrorsWindowsDoors - Celebrating Diversity in a Whole World of Children's and YA Literature

  • More Color in Kids' Lit: Your Picks - NPR solicited its listeners to share titles. This is the list they made.

  • Multicultural Children's Book Day - Check out their Reading Resources Page

  • Reading While White - "We are White librarians organizing to confront racism in the field of children’s and young adult literature."  

    • We are allies in the ongoing struggle for authenticity and visibility in books; for opportunities for people of color and First/Native Nations people in all aspects of the children’s and young adult book world; and for accountability among publishers, book creators, reviewers, librarians, teachers, and others.

  • Rich in Color - " dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult books (fiction and non-fiction) starring or written by People of Color or people from First/Native Nations."

  • Statistics of Authors/Illustrators/Representations of POC in Books Published in 2015

  • Stereotypes and Tropes - Listing of common stereotypes and tropes used in writing about POC to be aware of and avoid in the book choices you make- from Writing with Color

  • Teaching for Change Books - "...provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write, and change the world."

  • Teaching Tolerance Classroom Resources Page - Many book activities. Easy to search by topic and your reader's need/interests/age

  • Teaching Love in Action - Children’s Literature to Promote Hope and Counter Fear from The Classroom Bookshelf

  • We Need Diverse Books Campaign

  • We're the People - Great Book lists with diverse protagonists and experiences from a collection of bloggers, librarians, and authors. Their tag line: Because summer reading should be for ALL the people.

  • Writing with Color - A Tumblr dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial & ethnic diversity

  • More to Come



Small presses, self-publications and indie publishers can be an excellent place to find inclusive reads.

  • Cinco Puntos Press (for Kids) - With roots on the U.S./Mexico border, Cinco Puntos publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see the world.

  • Lee & Low Books - Multicultural Children's Literature - The largest multicultural children's book publisher in the country. We are also one of the few minority-owned publishing companies in the United States, as well as a throwback to what many publishers used to be: independent, generational businesses in which the people running the company have a personal stake in its success. 

  • Reflection Press - Reflection Press is an independent publisher of radical and revolutionary children’s books and works that expand cultural and spiritual awareness.

  • Salina Bookshelf - Multicultural Publishing - Founded in 1994 is an independent publisher of multicultural materials which includes textbooks, children's picture books, children's chapter books, informational texts, reference books, audio books and language learning materials.


All descriptions listed above are quoted directly from each press/publisher website.

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