August 13, 2019
Dispatches from the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival
Earlier this month, I attended the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival in DC. Though that makes it sound incorrectly clinical or too matter-of-fact—I didn’t just attend this gathering of writers, poets, readers, creators, but rather the speakers took up space in my mind. Their words ricocheted between my ears. I felt seen, I felt understood, I felt inspired, I felt challenged.
July 26, 2019
Speculative fiction featuring diverse characters
Many libraries are following the Summer Reading theme Universe of Stories, bringing to mind images of outer space, astronauts, and creatures out of this world. And whether your library is following the theme or not, the speculative genres of science fiction and fantasy are perennially popular.
June 27, 2019
Finding windows and mirrors in a world with walls
I’ve recently been doing some reading on the idea of “windows and mirrors.” This term is most commonly used in schools, but I’ve thought a lot about how windows and mirrors apply equally well to adults. And that as adults, we might be the ones who are in desperate need of more windows and mirrors to help us navigate our current world.
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.