Diversity Resources

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ALA Caucuses for Librarians of Color and Native American Librarians

Publications that focus on diversity/multiculturalism in children’s literature

Publishers & Booksellers

Arte Publico Press a showcase for Hispanic literary creativity, arts and culture.

Al Salwa publishers of fun Arabic children books, from nursery rhymes and short stories for babies and preschoolers to engaging reads for teenagers

Amistad Press (HarperCollins) the oldest publisher devoted to multicultural voices.

Barefoot Books is well-known for their diverse and inclusive books that feature stories from around the world

BeachHouse Publishing a Hawai’i-based company that specializes in publishing Hawaiiana books for young readers, including picture books, board books, activity books, and more.

Bharat Babies books that tell the stories of India’s heritage for children from birth through elementary school.

Birchbark Books committed to finding and stocking the very best in children’s books, with a special emphasis on Native American titles.

Black Josei Press is an awary winning indie comic book publishing company focused on celebrting comics by and for women of color and non-binary people of color.

Blue Banyon Books an independent publishing house producing riveting, engaging, lasting works from the Caribbean imagination

Blood Orange Press our books recognize children of color and Native kids, and their individuality, power and potential

Brown Girls Publishing boutique publishing company featuring African American authors

Cassava Republic publishes contemporary African fiction (based in Abuja, Nigeria)

Cinco Puntos With roots on the U.S./Mexico border, Cinco Puntos publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see the world

Come Bien Books founded by Robert Liu-Trujillo

Denene Millner Books (Agate Bolden) devoted to African American writers

Duet teen imprint of Interlude, a boutique publisher of LGBTQ general and romantic fiction

EagleCrest Books publisher of early literacy books featuring First Nations and Native American children and families

East West Discovery Books an independent publisher and distributor of multicultural and bilingual books in 50 + languages

Flamingo Rampant a micropress with the mission to produce feminist, racially-diverse, LGBTQ positive children’s books

Groundwood Books particularly committed to publishing books for and about children whose experiences of the world are under-represented elsewhere.

Inhabit Media an Inuit-owned publishing company

Just Us Books one of the US’s few Black-owned book publishers and the only one exclusively dedicated to producing Black children’s books

Kalimat Press is a small, privately-owned Bahá’í publishing company that sells and distributes books on the Bahá’í Faith; includes children’s books

Kar-Ben Publishing is a division of Lerner Publishing Group  publishes children’s titles with Jewish content.

Kid Kiddo Books is a Canadian based company that offers translated books in a bilingual (English and one of 20+ other languages) format.

Kokila (Penguin Books) dedicated to centering stories from the margins with books that add nuance and depth to the way children and young adults see the world and their place in it.

Lee and Low Books publisher of multicultural children’s books

Lorito Books Children’s Spanish books and audiosets

Make Me A World (Random House) an imprint dedicated to exploring the vast possibilities of contemporary childhood. We strive to imagine a universe in which no young person is invisible, in which no kid’s story is erased, in which no glass ceiling presses down on the dreams of a child.

Native Voices Books our 7th Generation imprint that offers Native children’s books for a variety of age groups

Nooart dedicated to educating and inspiring our Muslim and Arab youth by producing and distributing quality educational products

Nubeocho specialized in picture books for children. We were founded as a publishing house committed to values and diversity.

Pajama Press is celebrated for their timely tales that provide insights into other cultures

Pinata Books a showcase for Hispanic literary creativity, arts and culture in children’s books.

Portage & Main Press publishes quality educational resources in addition to Indigenous literature and regional history. Portage & Main Press remains an independently owned Canadian company.

Reflection Press (School of the Free Mind) centering POC, indigenous and queer voices

Rick Riordan Presents (Disney-Hyperion) highlighting cultures and mythologies from around the world

RoadRunner Press committed to discovering new voices from the American West and Native American nations

Saffron Press A socially conscious, small independent press, creating stories to inspire little citizens of change.

Salaam Reads an imprint of Simon and Schuster that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works

Shout Mouse Press empowers writers from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices and, as published authors, to act as agents of change.

Starbright Books publishes books meaningful and sensitive to the needs of all children

Tahanan Books delighting Filipino families around the world with books that celebrate Philippine life and culture

Tara Books is a South India-based independent publisher of illustrated and handmade books for children and adults

Tiny Owl is an independent, pioneer publisher of multicultural picture books located in the UK and are available globally through Book Depository

Tulika Books an independent publishing house, we cover a range of genres but focus on multilingual picture books for children – in English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali

Versify publishes books that explore the beauty, hurdles, and hopefulness of life . . . books that will engage, entertain, and empower young people to imagine and create a better world.

Yali Books an independent publisher of books with a focus on South Asian cultures.

Promoters of Literacy, Multiculturalism/Diversity and/or Social Justice

Resources for IPOC Writers

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Angela Johnson Scholarship for New Student of Color or Ethnic Minority In addition to honoring Ms. Johnson, this scholarship will help to fill the void of multi-cultural voices in the world of children’s and young adult literature by providing scholarship assistance to minority students attending Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The Carl Brandon Society, in conjunction with the crew of the Writing Excuses podcast, is proud to announce the formation of a scholarship aimed at writers of color who wish to attend the second annual Out of Excuses Writing Retreat. Read the full announcement.

Lee and Low New Voices Award

National Black Writers Conference Pine Manor College supports writers through several fellowships including the Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent, the Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices and the Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry. information

Speculative Literature Foundation The SLF is a non-profit arts foundation, modeled on the National Endowment for the Arts, but focused specifically on serving the speculative literature (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) community.

Tu Books New Vision Award

VONA – Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation sponsors writing workshops for writers of color.

Also, be sure to look for a local chapter of the Society of Childen’s Book Writers and Illustrators for support as you develop your craft.

6 thoughts on “Diversity Resources

  1. Great resource list Edi! I want to link to this on my blog.

    Also, have you considered adding the In the Margins Booklist and award along with the Social Justice/Advocacy award?


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