January 29, 2019
Black girls read, too
There are many stereotypes that perpetuate the idea that black children don’t read. They aren’t exposed to reading at early ages compared to children from other races, and therefore perform at lower rates in school. However, it’s not just that black children aren’t reading, they just aren’t reading enough books that reflect them. I recently finished reading Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim. This book prompted me to reflect on my own reading journey growing up and how my diverse reading background has affected my views.
October 22, 2018
Introducing Own Voices as an appeal term in NoveList
Big news, folks! Own voices is now a searchable appeal term in NoveList. Own voices would be the perfect complement to our existing diversity appeals that call out books for all ages featuring culturally diverse, LGBTQIA diverse, religiously diverse, or ability diverse characters. By focusing on aspects of the author's identity as well as the identity of their characters, we hope to provide a more precise access point for these kinds of stories.
October 18, 2018
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas’ novel The Hate U Give has been a hit amongst teens and adults alike since its 2017 debut. Thomas has received numerous awards and has been on book clubs lists around the country. The book has now been adapted into a film which will be released in theaters October 19.
August 29, 2018
Crazy Cute Asian American Rom-Coms
It's no secret -- for the past few weeks, Netflix users have been gushing about the adorable Netflix movie, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, based on the book with the same title by Jenny Han. What's all the fuss? Well, for one thing, this #ownvoices teen contemporary romance, written by a Korean-American author, features an Asian American character in a lead role, which may be the first ever such occurrence in a teen movie.
June 20, 2018
You asked, we listened!: Diversity appeal on adult titles
Back in 2015, in response to #weneeddiversebooks, NoveList created four diversity character appeal terms: ability diverse, culturally diverse, LGBTQIA diverse, and religiously diverse to juvenile titles. After many discussions and a lot of work, we have begun adding diversity appeal to adult titles, too!
May 31, 2018
Spotlight on diverse Canadian books
NoveList can help you find reliable content spotlighting the best in diverse books by Canadian authors and/or published by Canadian presses.