|Logo by Amber|
I've found resources like Diversity in YA and American Indians in Children's Literature. I've tried to maintain my own resource through my QUILTBAG YA list.
Probably the biggest change is that I've imposed a quota on myself. I try to review at least one book a week by a diverse author or with a diverse main character. I don't always manage it, but it's been a much easier goal to meet than I first expected.
Some diverse reviews this month include:
- THIS ONE SUMMER by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
- THE SUMMER I WASN'T ME by Jessica Verdi
- ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva
- ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo
- THE QUICK by Lauren Owen
It has been an extremely rewarding project. I try to be an attentive reader, and doing this has not only made me more attentive, but more knowledgeable. I don't always get it right, but with practice I'm getting it better.
Please note that next weekend, June 6-8, is the 48 Hour Book Challenge, hosted by Mother Reader. This readathon is so much fun, and this year the focus is diverse books. You read at least 12 hours in a 48 hour period, raise money for charity, and get the chance to win prizes! Check out my posts from the two times I've participated.