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Children's and Young Adult Literature

This guide helps orient users to locating juvenile fiction and non-fiction in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

Diversity Resources Available Online

  • We Need Diverse Books Campaign - This website has a list of resources to help you find diverse literature, including a page listing children's awards and blogs focused on diversity and an active Facebook page.
  • American Indians in Children's Literature - "Designed to help readers develop a critical eye about representations of American Indians in children's and young adult books."
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith - This is the website for author Cynthia Leitich (pronounced "lie-tick") Smith. She does a terrific job collecting and sharing useful resources on children's and YA, especially around issues of diversity.
  • Brown Bookshelf - "designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers."
  • Disability in Kidlit - "Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions examining this topic from various angles—and always from the disabled perspective."
  • Teaching While Muslim - "Resources for Educating about the experiences and history of Muslims all over the world"
  • Social Justice Books - "multicultural and social justice books for children, YA and educators"