To promote & celebrate new, diverse, high-quality, illustrated nonfiction (NF) children's books —
and to champion more diverse representation at all levels in kidlit nonfiction.
At #DiverseKidlitNF, we believe nonfiction kidlit needs more diverse & colorful stories & storytellers. Our website aims to be a curated resource for new, diverse children's nonfiction books. Our blog aims to highlight these books & enhance the conversation about more diversity throughout kidlit nonfiction publishing.
We embrace the We Need Diverse Books definition of diversity: including (but not limited to) BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. For our specific book picks criteria, please see the Books page.
In 2019, kidlit authors Meeg Pincus & Jess Rinker co-founded the first diverse NF picture book promo group, 19PBbios, with two goals: 1) focus on promoting nonfiction specifically, and 2) represent more diversity of creators than they saw in other picture book promo groups. It was an amazing group (with many of the books earning big awards & starred reviews!). In 2020, Meeg continued a similar group with author Nancy Churnin, 20truePBs (with similarly successful book picks!). Both years, more than 60% of the books' creators were from diverse backgrounds.
Looking to 2021, Meeg had the idea to expand from annual promo groups to create Diverse Kidlit Nonfiction as a curated, standing website and more active blog & newsletter.
Meeg founded #DiverseKidlitNF in 2020, built & maintains the website/blog, and seeks out new, diverse nonfiction kidlit to share. She's the author of six trade nonfiction picture books (published & forthcoming)—including Miep and the Most Famous Diary (Kirkus & SLJ starred reviews, A Mighty Girl Best Books of 2019) and Winged Wonders (Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2020, Eureka Honor Award)—and 19 educational market picture books. A nonfiction writer/editor for 26 years, she's worked as a newspaper journalist, associate editor for an educational publisher, and freelance developmental editor on books including the NYT Bestselling Daring Book for Girls series.
Also an educator, Meeg has taught cultural studies (focusing on representations of race, class, and gender) at the university level, humane education in K-6 classrooms, and nonfiction kidlit for The Writing Barn & SCBWI. As a homeschooling mom, she's taught her children diverse literature and history. Meeg hails from an interfaith, interracial, LGBTQ+ family and has a lifelong passion for social & environmental justice.
Our 2021 Expert Guest Bloggers
Andrea Wang is the APALA Honor award-winning author of The Nian Monster. Her recent picture book, Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received a Freeman Book Award Honor as well as a starred review from School Library Journal. She has two books releasing in 2021: Watercress (JLG Gold Standard Selection); and The Many Meanings of Meilan, her debut middle grade novel.
Her work explores culture, creative thinking, and identity. She is also the author of seven nonfiction titles for the library and school market. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in the Denver area with her family.
Meera Sriram grew up in India and moved to the U.S in 1999. An electrical engineer in the past, she now enjoys writing for children, leading early literacy initiatives, and advocating for diverse bookshelves. Meera is the author of picture books, THE YELLOW SUITCASE and A GIFT FOR AMMA, and the upcoming titles, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS and DUMPLING DAY.
She has also co-authored several kids’ books in India, mostly non-fiction. Meera believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write about people, places, and experiences less visible in children's literature. For more information, visit www.meerasriram.com.
Michelle is the author of 10 books for children -- with more books in the works. Connection, compassion, and family are common themes in her work. Michelle has always loved poetry and the music of language. Michelle's latest books are FLYING HIGH: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles and BRAVE BALLERINA: The Story of Janet Collins. Michelle is also the author of HIBERNATION STATION, PIGGIES IN PAJAMAS, SUPER BUGS, PILOT PUPS, and more.
Michelle is represented by agent Rosemary Stimola with the Stimola Literary Studio. She has a dual degree in journalism and literature from Syracuse University. Michelle lives near the beach in Delaware with her husband and son. Visit her online at www.michellemeadows.com
M.O. Yuksel is the author of In My Mosque (HaperCollins, 2021) and One Wish: How Fatima al-Fihri Built the World's Oldest University (HarperCollins, 2022). She loves writing and sharing stories about diverse historical figures and fascinating cultures.
When not writing, M.O. Yuksel is usually on the soccer field cheering for her kids, or traveling to exotic places, immersing herself in the local culture. She loves nature, bike riding, and eating shameless amounts of chocolate. She teaches yoga and meditation when she's not bouncing off the walls from indulging in shameless amounts of chocolate. Once in awhile, she'll venture to teach her friends how to pronounce her real name - Munevver (Mar-vel-ous). But her friends never make it past the Mar and prefer to use her nickname - Mindy. You can find out more about M.O. Yuksel on her website: moyuksel.com.
Nancy Churnin is the award-winning author of 10 nonfiction picture books, each dedicated to shining a light on someone who has changed the world for the better and will inspire kids to be champions of kindness, too. Every book comes with a free teacher guide and a dedicated project page so kids can share the great things they do. Among her honors: the South Asia Book Award, Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award, National Council for the Social Studies Notable, Books for a Global Society Notable, Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable, Sakura Medal Shortlist, Texas 2X2, Silver Eureka, Junior Library Guild, and multiple state reading lists.
A former theater critic for The Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News, Nancy graduated cum laude from Harvard University and has a master's from Columbia University. She is a member of Ink Think Tank, Nonfiction Ninjas, Nonfiction Chicks, and the Book Meshuggenahs. She makes her home in Texas with her husband, Dallas Morning News arts writer Michael Granberry, a Dog named dog and two cats named Toby and Gloria Swanson.
Rob Sanders is a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. Every day he goes to Mintz Elementary School in Brandon, Florida, to teach students about books and words and reading and writing. Then he heads back home to write fierce and funny picture books for kids.
Rob's first nonfiction picture book was PRIDE: THE STORY OF HARVEY MILK AND THE RAINBOW FLAG (Random House, 2018), then PEACEFUL FIGHTS FOR EQUAL RIGHTS (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018) and STONEWALL: A BUILDING. AN UPRISING. A REVOLUTION. (Random House, 2019). In 2020, he came out with THE FIGHTING INFANTRYMAN: THE STORY OF ALBERT D.J. CASHIER, TRANSGENDER CIVIL WAR SOLDIER (Little Bee Books) and MAYOR PETE: THE STORY OF PETE BUTTIGIEG (Henry Holt). Visit Rob's web site at www.robsanderswrites.com.
Silvia López is a Cuba native raised and living in Miami. She served as children’s librarian in schools and public libraries for over three decades before becoming a children’s author.
Books include Queen of Tejano Music: Selena (bilingual versions, illus. Paola Escobar. Little Bee Books), Pacho Nacho (illus. Pablo Pino. Capstone Publishers), Handimals: Animals in Art and Nature (art by Guido Daniele. Booklist Starred Review. Macmillan/Henry Holt) and Just Right Family: An Adoption Story (2018 Florida Book Award, illus. Ziyue Chen. Albert Whitman Company). Scheduled for release in 2021 and 2022, and also bilingual, are My Little Golden Book about Frida Kahlo (illus. Elisa Chavarri. Random House) and My Little Golden Book about Sonia Sotomayor.
Cherokee Nation citizen and award-winning author Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books, short stories and poems for young people. Traci’s debut nonfiction picture book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (Charlesbridge, 2018), illustrated by Frané Lessac, won a 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award Picture Book Honor, a 2019 Sibert Honor, a 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor and a 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor. It also received four starred reviews and a 2020 Odyssey Honor Award for the audiobook produced by Live Oak Media in 2019. In 2021, she will send two more nonfiction picture books out into the world - Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer (Millbrook, March 2) and We Are Still Here: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know (Charlesbridge, April 20).
A former federal Indian law attorney and advocate, Traci lives on the Cherokee Nation reservation in northeastern Oklahoma with her family. For more information on all of her works for young people, visit her online at www.tracisorell.com.