Our #DiverseKidlitNF Book Picks
Each year, we feature a fresh group of new, diverse, traditionally published nonfiction children's books—with an emphasis on #ownvoices & diverse creators, and topics that promote human diversity, social justice & environmental preservation.
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. See the bottom of this page for our specific Book Picks criteria.
We're excited for many titles in 2021...
We're currently curating 2020 titles, including these fabulous books...
We started with 19 wonderful books in 2019...
Our #DiverseKidlitNF Book Picks Criteria
There is no single definition of what constitutes a "diverse book." However, we strive in good faith to choose high-quality, well-vetted books that: first, have diverse authors & illustrators; and, second, feature topics that help create a more diverse, equitable, just, and healthy world.
Thus, we prioritize these criteria for our book picks:
Traditionally published (trade) illustrated nonfiction children's book.*
Diverse author and/or illustrator—embracing the We Need Diverse Books definition of diversity: including (but not limited to) BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.**
Topic that embraces human diversity, social justice, and/or environmental preservation.
We don't feature every single book that meets these criteria, but we hope to spotlight a great collection for folks to engage in and jump off from. Rather than formal reviews, our website/blog simply highlights books we recommend.
* The great majority of our book picks fit the purist definition of "nonfiction," though a few may have minor elements that could put them in the "informational fiction" category for some (for example, memoir perspective, poetry, or a piece of dialogue that's factually accurate but not an exact quote). All book picks have a nonfiction topic focus and are researched & vetted as nonfiction books are, with thorough notes in the back matter.
** For a small number of our book picks—such as those about non-marginalized women breaking barriers in highly male-dominated fields—we feature carefully vetted books where neither the author nor illustrator identify as diverse, as we feel their books still represent diversity and positive change in an accurate, sensitive way.