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Diversity Audit Guidelines

 

Diversity​ ​Considerations​ ​in​ ​YA:​ ​Doing​ ​a​ ​Diversity​ ​Audit by Karen Jensen

It​ ​would​ ​be​ ​good​ ​to​ ​acknowledge​ ​upfront​ ​that​ ​an​ ​able​ ​bodied,​ ​white​ ​cishet​ ​neutral​ ​is​ ​assumed​ ​in society​ ​and​ ​in​ ​publishing,​ ​and,​ ​for​ ​that​ ​reason,​ ​"diversity"​ ​is​ ​the​ ​imperfect​ ​umbrella​ ​term​ ​used​ ​to bring​ ​perspectives​ ​other​ ​than​ ​that​ ​assumed​ ​neutral​ ​into​ ​focus.​ ​Our​ ​goal​ ​is​ ​to​ ​make​ ​our​ ​collections as​ ​inclusive​ ​as​ ​possible.

Diversity​ ​is​ ​being​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​the​ ​party.​ ​Inclusion​ ​is​ ​being​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​dance.​ ​–​ ​Verna​ ​Myers, ILA​ ​2017

Important​ ​Terms

Diversity​: Having a wide variety of representations, a variety of experiences and points of view; a book written that includes a diverse characters or points of view by any author. For example: The​ ​Chains​ ​series​ ​by​ ​Laurie​ ​Halse​ ​Anderson

Own Voices​: An author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​Matt​ ​de​ ​la​ ​Pena,​ ​Brandy​ ​Colbert

Background​ ​Information

Statistics​ ​|​ ​Diversity​ ​in​ ​YA
The​ ​Diversity​ ​Baseline​ ​Survey​ ​|​ ​Lee​ ​&​ ​Low​ ​Books
Infographic​ ​Series:​ ​The​ ​Diversity​ ​Gap​ ​|​ ​Lee​ ​&​ ​Low​ ​Books
SLJ​ ​Resources​ ​for​ ​Diversity​ ​in​ ​Kid​ ​and​ ​YA​ ​Lit​ ​|​ ​School​ ​Library​ ​Journal
We​ ​Need​ ​Diverse​ ​Books

What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Diversity​ ​Audit?

Audit Audit:​ ​an​ ​official​ ​inspection​ ​of​ ​an​ ​individual's​ ​or​ ​organization's​ ​accounts,​ ​typically​ ​by​ ​an independent​ ​body.

A​ ​diversity​ ​audit​ ​is​ ​basically​ ​doing​ ​an​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​a​ ​collection​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of diversity​ ​within​ ​the​ ​collection.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​way​ ​of​ ​analyzing​ ​collection​ ​data​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​we include​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​points​ ​of​ ​view,​ ​experiences​ ​and​ ​representations​ ​within​ ​a​ ​collection.​ ​Our goal​ ​is​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​well​ ​balanced​ ​collection​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​both​ ​a​ ​mirror​ ​(reflect​ ​a​ ​reader’s experience)​ ​and​ ​a​ ​window​ ​(so​ ​readers​ ​can​ ​experience​ ​different​ ​experiences).​ ​See:​ ​​Windows​ ​and Mirrors:​ ​Why​ ​We​ ​Need​ ​Diverse​ ​Books

Diversity​ ​Targets

Before​ ​doing​ ​an​ ​audit,​ ​it’s​ ​helpful​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​target​ ​goals.​ ​This​ ​was​ ​harder​ ​than​ ​I​ ​thought,​ ​so​ ​I used​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​above​ ​information​ ​(Background​ ​Information)​ ​to​ ​help​ ​me​ ​set​ ​realistic​ ​target goals.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​used​ ​U.S.​ ​and​ ​World​ ​Census​ ​data.

U.S.​ ​Census​ ​Bureau​ ​QuickFacts​ ​selected:​ ​UNITED​ ​STATES
LGBT​ ​America:​ ​By​ ​the​ ​Numbers​ ​|​ ​Washington​ ​Week​ ​-​ ​PBS

According​ ​to​ ​the​ ​U.S​ ​Census​ ​Info​ ​for​ ​2016,​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​population​ ​can​ ​be​ ​broken​ ​down​ ​into​ ​the following​ ​percentages:

White​ ​Americans

76.9%

Black/African​ ​Americans

13.3%

Native​ ​Americans/Alaska​ ​Natives

1.3%

Asian​ ​Americans

5.7%

Native​ ​Hawaiian/Other​ ​Pacific​ ​Islander

0.2%

Hispanic/Latinos

17.8%

Americans​ ​with​ ​Disabilities​ ​(under​ ​65)

8.6%

Americans​ ​Identifying​ ​as​ ​LGBTQ

3.5%​ ​(0.3%​ ​identify​ ​as​ ​transgender)

Things​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​in​ ​mind:​ ​These​ ​are​ ​population​ ​estimates​ ​based​ ​on​ ​how​ ​various​ ​respondents self-report​ ​in​ ​limited​ ​categories​ ​given​ ​to​ ​them;​ ​there​ ​are​ ​estimations​ ​involved;​ ​personal​ ​identity and​ ​labels​ ​aren’t​ ​as​ ​easy​ ​as​ ​simple​ ​statistics​ ​and​ ​data​ ​lead​ ​one​ ​to​ ​believe.​ ​In​ ​addition,​ ​not​ ​all people​ ​within​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​the​ ​same​ ​experiences​ ​or​ ​stories​ ​so​ ​we​ ​need​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​variety​ ​of stories.​ ​And​ ​finally,​ ​diversity​ ​is​ ​intersectional,​ ​people​ ​identify​ ​in​ ​more​ ​than​ ​one​ ​way​ ​–​ ​for example​ ​a​ ​woman​ ​of​ ​color​ ​may​ ​also​ ​identify​ ​as​ ​LGBTQ​ ​–​ ​which​ ​makes​ ​diversity​ ​more​ ​complex than​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​audit​ ​would​ ​lead​ ​one​ ​to​ ​believe.

Types​ ​of​ ​Diversity​ ​to​ ​Consider​ ​in​ ​Collection​ ​Development

● Diverse​ ​Representation:

o Indigenous​ ​representation
o Asian​ ​representation​ ​(broken​ ​down​ ​by​ ​geographic​ ​location) o People​ ​of​ ​Color​ ​(black/African​ ​American)
o LatinX​ ​representation​ ​(broken​ ​down​ ​by​ ​geographic​ ​location)

●  Refugees​ ​and​ ​new​ ​immigrants
●  Gender​ ​roles/Gender​ ​bias
●  GLBTQAI+

o Gay
o Lesbian
o Bisexual
o Transgender o Asexuality
o Intersex
o Pansexuality

● Family​ ​structures


o Same​ ​sex​ ​parents

o Interracial​ ​families

o Blended​ ​families

●  Adoption​ ​and​ ​foster​ ​care

●  Homeless​ ​or​ ​without​ ​stable​ ​accommodation

●  Socio​ ​economic​ ​diversity

●  Disability

o Disfigurement
o Impaired​ ​hearing
o Impaired​ ​sight​ ​or​ ​sight​ ​loss o Limb​ ​loss
o Use​ ​of​ ​aids

●  Neurological​ ​challenges o Autism

o ADHD

●  Mental​ ​health/Illness

●  Children​ ​with​ ​allergies​ ​and​ ​food​ ​intolerances

●  Children with complex health concerns such as cancer, terminal illnesses and those undergoing​ ​treatment.

●  Culture​ ​and​ ​Religion

o Atheist
o Christian o Hindu
o Jewish
o Muslim o Wiccan

●  Intersectionality

Doing​ ​a​ ​Diversity​ ​Audit


Two​ ​Types​ ​of​ ​Audits​ ​to​ ​Perform:

  1. An overall collection audit, which should be done on a yearly basis (or every few years if you​ ​develop​ ​the​ ​practice​ ​of​ ​doing​ ​book​ ​order​ ​audits)

  2. A book order audit, which should be done on each book order before you submit them for purchase

How​ ​to​ ​Do​ ​a​ ​Collection​ ​Audit

Please​ ​note:​ ​This​ ​is​ ​my​ ​process.​ ​You​ ​may​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​process​ ​that​ ​works​ ​better​ ​for​ ​you.​ ​My process​ ​has​ ​changed​ ​over​ ​time​ ​and​ ​I​ ​like​ ​having​ ​a​ ​saved​ ​database​ ​as​ ​opposed​ ​to​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​tally sheet.​ ​But​ ​at​ ​its​ ​most​ ​basic,​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​tally​ ​sheet​ ​works.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​found​ ​it​ ​depends​ ​on​ ​what​ ​type​ ​of ILS​ ​your​ ​library​ ​system​ ​has.

Doing​ ​the​ ​Initial​ ​Audit:​ ​Collecting​ ​the​ ​Data

The​ ​first​ ​step​ ​is​ ​to​ ​go​ ​through​ ​and​ ​do​ ​a​ ​manual​ ​count​ ​of​ ​each​ ​title​ ​in​ ​our​ ​collection,​ ​indicating what,​ ​if​ ​any,​ ​types​ ​of​ ​diversity​ ​are​ ​represented​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​title.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​most​ ​time-consuming part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​process​ ​and​ ​involves​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​research.​ ​You​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​as​ ​thorough​ ​as​ ​possible.

  1. Run​ ​a​ ​​shelf​ ​list​​ ​for​ ​the​ ​collection​ ​or​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​collection​ ​you​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​audit. a. For​ ​my​ ​purposes,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​doing​ ​my​ ​YA​ ​collection.
  2.  If​ ​your​ ​ILS​ ​is​ ​compatible​,​ ​import​ ​your​ ​shelf​ ​list​ ​into​ ​an​ ​Excel​ ​spreadsheet​.
  3. Add​ ​tally​ ​column​ ​headers​ ​(either​ ​by​ ​hand​ ​or​ ​in​ ​Excel)​ ​for​ ​each​ ​element​ ​you​ ​are​ ​looking for.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​Black/African​ ​American,​ ​Asian​ ​American,​ ​LatinX,​ ​Native​ ​American, LGBTQ,​ ​Disability,​ ​etc.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​have​ ​as​ ​many​ ​categories​ ​as​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like.​ ​
  4. I​ ​recommend​ ​adding​ ​an​ ​additional​ ​category​ ​for​ ​Own​ ​Voices​ ​because​ ​not​ ​all​ ​diversity​ ​is Own​ ​Voices​ ​and​ ​that​ ​distinction​ ​can​ ​be​ ​important.
  5. For​ ​reference,​ ​print​ ​off​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​book​ ​lists​ ​that​ ​represent​ ​your​ ​categories.​ ​I​ ​created​ ​a book​ ​list​ ​folder​ ​of​ ​these​ ​lists​ ​to​ ​help​ ​in​ ​RA​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​collection​ ​audits.
  6. Go​ ​through​ ​and​ ​mark​ ​each​ ​category​ ​for​ ​each​ ​title,​ ​making​ ​a​ ​tally​ ​mark​ ​next​ ​to​ ​each​ ​title. This​ ​is​ ​where​ ​having​ ​it​ ​in​ ​excel​ ​is​ ​helpful​ ​because​ ​you​ ​can​ ​save​ ​your​ ​ongoing​ ​list.
  • At​ ​one​ ​point​ ​I​ ​went​ ​through​ ​each​ ​title​ ​with​ ​co-workers​ ​as​ ​we​ ​discussed​ ​if​ ​the​ ​title had​ ​diversity​ ​and​ ​what​ ​that​ ​diversity​ ​looked​ ​like.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​get​ ​to​ ​know​ ​your collection​ ​better​ ​during​ ​this​ ​process.

Analyzing​ ​the​ ​Data
Now comes the math part. If you are using Excel, it will do the counts for you. If not, you must count​ ​by​ ​hand.​ ​Either​ ​way​ ​works.

  1. Numbers​ ​you​ ​need:

    • Total​ ​number​ ​of​ ​titles​ ​in​ ​your​ ​collection

    • Total​ ​number​ ​of​ ​titles​ ​in​ ​each​ ​of​ ​your​ ​categories

  2. Then you calculate the percentage. In the end, you will have an idea of what percentage of​ ​your​ ​collection​ ​is​ ​represented​ ​in​ ​each​ ​category.

  3. You can then compare these to your target numbers to decide if you are comfortable with where​ ​you​ ​are​ ​at​ ​or​ ​if​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​go​ ​in​ ​and​ ​order​ ​specifically​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​your​ ​goals.

Formula:​ ​Number​ ​of​ ​Titles​ ​in​ ​Category​ ​X​ ​Divided​ ​by​ ​Total​ ​Number​ ​of​ ​Titles​ ​in​ ​Collection​ ​= Percentage​ ​of​ ​Collection​ ​Represented​ ​by​ ​Category​ ​X

For​ ​example:
Total​ ​number​ ​of​ ​titles​ ​in​ ​collection:​ ​1394

Total​ ​number​ ​of​ ​titles​ ​that​ ​have​ ​POC​ ​characters​ ​in​ ​the​ ​collection:​ ​289 Percentage​ ​of​ ​the​ ​collection​ ​that​ ​has​ ​POC​ ​representation:​ ​20.7%
289​ ​divided​ ​by​ ​1394​ ​is​ ​20.7%

How​ ​I​ ​Use​ ​this​ ​Information

I​ ​use​ ​this​ ​information​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​my​ ​YA​ ​collection​ ​isn’t​ ​overwhelmingly​ ​white​ ​cishet male/female​ ​with​ ​no​ ​characters​ ​with​ ​disabilities.​ ​When​ ​I​ ​find​ ​gaps,​ ​I​ ​go​ ​through​ ​and​ ​do​ ​targeted orders.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​this​ ​summer​ ​I​ ​worked​ ​really​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​the​ ​number​ ​of​ ​LGBTQAI+​ ​in my​ ​collection.​ ​I​ ​went​ ​through​ ​each​ ​letter​ ​and​ ​found​ ​lists​ ​of​ ​reputable​ ​titles​ ​and​ ​checked​ ​them against​ ​my​ ​collection.​ ​My​ ​LGBTQAI+​ ​numbers​ ​went​ ​up​ ​from​ ​2.3%​ ​to​ ​5.7%.

As​ ​an​ ​added​ ​benefit,​ ​when​ ​a​ ​teen​ ​comes​ ​in​ ​asking​ ​for​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​type​ ​of​ ​book,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​better ready​ ​list​ ​in​ ​my​ ​brain​ ​that​ ​I​ ​can​ ​quickly​ ​recommend.

Doing​ ​a​ ​Book​ ​Order​ ​Audit
I​ ​do​ ​the​ ​same​ ​process​ ​in​ ​an​ ​informal​ ​way​ ​for​ ​each​ ​book​ ​order​ ​before​ ​submitting​ ​it.​ ​I​ ​print​ ​it​ ​off, make​ ​notes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​margins,​ ​and​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​my​ ​book​ ​order​ ​isn’t​ ​overwhelmingly​ ​white​ ​cishet.

Schedule

●  Complete​ ​Collection​ ​Audit:​ ​Yearly

●  Book​ ​Order​ ​Audit:​ ​Whenever​ ​you​ ​order

●  Sectional​ ​Audit:​ ​Develop​ ​a​ ​schedule​ ​that​ ​works​ ​for​ ​you.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​because​ ​June​ ​is Pride​ ​Month,​ ​I​ ​go​ ​through​ ​and​ ​do​ ​a​ ​LGBTQAI+​ ​         collection​ ​audit​ ​in​ ​April​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​I have​ ​a​ ​good​ ​number​ ​of​ ​titles​ ​for​ ​the​ ​month.

Things​ ​to​ ​Consider

What​ ​types​ ​of​ ​representation​ ​will​ ​you​ ​consider?​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​must​ ​it​ ​be​ ​the​ ​main​ ​character​ ​or​ ​is a​ ​secondary​ ​supporting​ ​character​ ​going​ ​to​ ​count​ ​in​ ​your​ ​tallies.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​have​ ​extended categories​ ​for​ ​this​ ​if​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like.

Not​ ​all​ ​representation​ ​is​ ​necessarily​ ​good​ ​representation.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​an​ ​important​ ​point​ ​to​ ​consider when​ ​doing​ ​your​ ​collection​ ​audit.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​also​ ​why​ ​keeping​ ​a​ ​separate​ ​category​ ​for​ ​Own​ ​Voices is​ ​important.​ ​Some​ ​tropes​ ​to​ ​be​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​and​ ​look​ ​for​ ​include:

●  The​ ​Noble​ ​Savage

●  The​ ​White​ ​Savior

●  The​ ​Magical​ ​Negro

●  The​ ​Mystic​ ​Shaman

●  Killing​ ​the​ ​Gays

The​ ​​word​ ​trope​​ ​has​ ​also​ ​come​ ​to​ ​be​ ​used​ ​for​ ​describing​ ​commonly​ ​recurring​ ​literary​ ​and rhetorical​​ ​devices,​ ​motifs​ ​or​ ​clichés​ ​in​ ​creative​ ​works.

Some​ ​stereotypes​ ​you’ll​ ​want​ ​to​ ​look​ ​for​ ​include:

●  The​ ​angry​ ​black​ ​woman

●  Youth​ ​of​ ​color​ ​always​ ​being​ ​depicted​ ​as​ ​gang​ ​members

●  Jewish​ ​books​ ​always​ ​being​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Holocaust

●  POC​ ​books​ ​always​ ​being​ ​about​ ​slavery​ ​or​ ​the​ ​Civil​ ​Rights​ ​movement

●  LGBTQ​ ​books​ ​always​ ​being​ ​about​ ​coming​ ​out

●  Refrigerating​ ​females

●  Unlikeable​ ​girls

●  “Not​ ​Like​ ​Other​ ​Girls”

Stereotype:​ ​a​ ​widely​ ​held​ ​but​ ​fixed​ ​and​ ​oversimplified​ ​image​ ​or​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​a​ ​particular​ ​type of​ ​person​ ​or​ ​thing

Resources:​ ​​5​ ​YA​ ​Tropes​ ​To​ ​Avoid​;​ ​​TV​ ​Tropes​;​ ​​Not​ ​Like​ ​Other​ ​Girls:​ ​Toxic​ ​Archetypes​ ​of Young​ ​Adult​ ​Literature​;​ ​​Really​ ​Useful​ ​Links​ ​for​ ​Writers:​ ​Tropes​ ​and​ ​Clichés

Remember​ ​to​ ​examine​ ​your​ ​own​ ​internalized​ ​biases​ ​and​ ​privilege.

This​ ​is​ ​where​ ​being​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​YA​ ​community​ ​can​ ​be​ ​of​ ​great​ ​assistance.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of great​ ​people​ ​sharing​ ​titles​ ​on​ ​Twitter​ ​and​ ​other​ ​social​ ​media​ ​that​ ​has​ ​raised​ ​my​ ​awareness​ ​of Own​ ​Voices​ ​authors.

Kirkus​ ​is​ ​now​ ​including​ ​ethnicity/race​ ​of​ ​characters​ ​in​ ​every​ ​YA​ ​review​ ​and​ ​that​ ​Novelist​ ​is​ ​a good​ ​resource​ ​for​ ​finding​ ​author​ ​ethnicity.

Your​ ​audit​ ​is​ ​only​ ​as​ ​good​ ​as​ ​your​ ​research.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​put​ ​in​ ​the​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​really​ ​examine​ ​each title,​ ​you​ ​won’t​ ​necessarily​ ​have​ ​good​ ​numbers.

Additional​ ​Resources:​ ​Book​ ​Lists​ ​and​ ​New​ ​Releases

Diversity​ ​in​ ​YA​ ​(General)
We​ ​Need​ ​Diverse​ ​Books​ ​|​ ​Official​ ​site​ ​of​ ​the​ ​#WeNeedDiverseBooks
Book​ ​Lists​ ​|​ ​Diversity​ ​in​ ​YA​​ ​-​ ​​www.diversityinya.com/category/book-lists/​
Diversity​ ​in​ ​Young​ ​Adult​ ​and​ ​Middle​ ​Grade​ ​(1351​ ​books)​ ​-​ ​Goodreads​
31​ ​Young​ ​Adult​ ​Books​ ​With​ ​Diverse​ ​Characters​ ​Literally​ ​Everyone​
Diversity​ ​YA​ ​Life:​ ​Diverse​ ​Science​ ​Fiction,​ ​Fantasy,​ ​and​ ​Horror​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Hub​
Diversity​ ​YA​ ​Life:​ ​Urban​ ​Fiction​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Hub​
Rich​ ​in​ ​Color​ ​|​ ​Reading​ ​&​ ​Reviewing​ ​Diverse​ ​YA​ ​Books​​ ​-​ ​​richincolor.com/​
Diversify​ ​YA​ ​Life:​ ​Horror​ ​with​ ​Diverse​ ​Characters

Asian​ ​American​ ​Protoganists
Best​ ​Asian-American​ ​Teen​ ​Fiction​ ​(156​ ​books)​ ​-​ ​Goodreads​
A​ ​Round-Up​ ​of​ ​Awesome​ ​Asian​ ​American​ ​Protagonists​ ​in​ ​YA​ ​Lit
11​ ​Young​ ​Adult​ ​Novels​ ​By​ ​Asian-American​ ​Authors​ ​-​ ​Bustle

LatinX​ ​Representation
Latinx​ ​Ya​ ​Shelf​ ​-​ ​Goodreads
13​ ​Upcoming​ ​YA​ ​Books​ ​By​ ​Latinx​ ​Authors​ ​To​ ​Start​ ​Getting​ ​Excited
9​ ​Books​ ​By​ ​Latinx​ ​Authors​ ​I​ ​Wish​ ​I​ ​Had​ ​As​ ​A​ ​Teenager​ ​-​ ​Bustle
Latinxs​ ​in​ ​Kid​ ​Lit​​ ​-​​ ​​https://latinosinkidlit.com/​

Native​ ​American​ ​Representation

#OwnVoices​ ​Representation:​ ​Native​ ​American​ ​Authors​ ​-​ ​YA​ ​Interrobang
Teen​ ​Books​ ​With​ ​Native​ ​American​ ​Characters​ ​and​ ​Stories​ ​(66​ ​books)
Some​ ​thoughts​ ​on​ ​YA​ ​lit​ ​and​ ​American​ ​Indians​ ​-​ ​American​ ​Indians​ ​in​​ ​Children’s Literature/Debbie​ ​Reese
Books​ ​Outside​ ​The​ ​Box:​ ​Native​ ​Americans​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Hub
Teen​ ​Books​ ​by​ ​Native​ ​Writers​ ​to​ ​Trumpet​ ​Year-Round​ ​|​ ​School​ ​Library

POC​ ​Leads
10​ ​Diverse​ ​Books​ ​by​ ​YA​ ​Authors​ ​of​ ​Color​ ​to​ ​Read​ ​in​ ​2017​ ​|​ ​Teen​ ​Vogue
Faces​ ​of​ ​Color​ ​on​ ​2017​ ​YA​ ​Books​ ​-​ ​Book​ ​Riot
12​ ​Young​ ​Adult​ ​Novels​ ​With​ ​POC​ ​Protagonists​ ​-​ ​Bustle
14​ ​YA​ ​Books​ ​About​ ​LGBTQ​ ​People​ ​of​ ​Color​ ​-​ ​The​ ​B&N​ ​Teen​ ​Blog

LGBTQAI+

YA​ ​Pride​ ​(formerly​ ​Gay​ ​YA)​ ​:​ ​​YA​ ​Pride​ ​(@YA_Pride)​ ​|​ ​Twitter
30​ ​Essential​ ​LGBT​ ​Books​ ​for​ ​YA​ ​Readers​ ​-​ ​AbeBooks
100​ ​Must-Read​ ​LGBTQIA​ ​YA​ ​Books​ ​-​ ​Book​ ​Riot
23​ ​of​ ​Our​ ​Most​ ​Anticipated​ ​LGBTQA​ ​YA​ ​Books​ ​of​ ​2017​ ​-​ ​The​ ​B&N
72​ ​Must-Read​ ​YA​ ​Books​ ​Featuring​ ​Gay​ ​Protagonists​ ​-​ ​Epic​ ​Reads

Disability​ ​in​ ​YA​ ​Lit
Disability​ ​in​ ​Kidlit​ ​—​ ​Reviews,​ ​articles,​ ​and​ ​more​ ​about​ ​the​ ​portrayal​ ​of​ ​...
People​ ​First:​ ​Disabilities​ ​in​ ​YA​ ​Lit​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Hub

Feminist​ ​YA
50​ ​Crucial​ ​Feminist​ ​YA​ ​Novels​ ​-​ ​The​ ​B&N​ ​Teen​ ​Blog
34​ ​Young​ ​Adult​ ​Books​ ​Every​ ​Feminist​ ​Will​ ​Love​ ​-​ ​BuzzFeed
100​ ​Young​ ​Adult​ ​Books​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Feminist​ ​Reader​ ​|​ ​Bitch​ ​Media

New​ ​Releases
YA​ ​Books​ ​Central​​ ​-​ ​​www.yabookscentral.com/
Teen​ ​Reads​ ​-​ ​​www.teenreads.com
Book​ ​Riot​ ​-​ ​​www.bookriot.com
Barnes​ ​and​ ​Noble​ ​Teen​ ​Blog​ ​-​ ​​www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/
YA​ ​Interrobang​ ​-​ ​​www.yainterrobang.com
YA​ ​Lit​ ​-​ ​​www.yalit.com
Epic​ ​Reads​ ​-​ ​​www.epicreads.com
Pop​ ​Crush​ ​–​ ​​www.popcrush.com
Bustle​ ​-​ ​​www.bustle.com
Adventures​ ​in​ ​YA​ ​-​ ​​www.adventuresinya.com