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Let’s Talk Bookish: Promoting Diversity


Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where they discuss certain topics, share their opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.

Happy Friday, friends!

This week’s prompt: Promoting Diversity in the Book Industry (Nicole @ Thoughts Stained With Ink)

Prompt: How can we, as bloggers, promote diversity of all sorts in the book world?

Bloggers can promote diversity by doing what they do best, sharing and talking about books that they love. In last week’s post, I shared a little information about the organization, We Need Diverse Books, and the wonderful resources they share on where to find diverse books. This week, I am going to alter this week’s prompt to share information about book awards and lists from the American Library Association (ALA) and it’s affiliates. These are valuable resources for any reader. What some people may not realize, is that the awards and lists that come from library associations also influence the selection of books that are made available at your local library. (If you’re international, check and see if library associations in your area offer these! Here’s somewhere to start if you’re not sure.)

So, here are some book awards and lists that you can use to find books that are selected, reviewed, and awarded by library association committees. Several of these annual awards/lists are looking at a broader scope of excellence, but they often include diverse books. And because my background is focused on youth librarianship, these resources will mostly cover books for babies – 18 years. Another thing to note is many of books included in these awards/lists are from the previous year’s publishing because they do go through a selection committee.


American Library Association Awards:

ALA Division: Association for Library Service to Children Book and Media Awards

ALA Division: Young Adult Library Association Book and Media Awards for Libraries

Probably one of my favorite things about being in the library profession (besides the books) is that libraries have always been steadfast advocates for the common good of society. Equity, diversity, and inclusion is one of the ALA’s major advocacy initiatives that strives to promote and cultivate these ideas among library workers, in library services and facilities, and our communities.

I hope that these links help you find books to expand your world and thanks for sticking through to the end of the long list!

Thanks for reading! I look forward to checking out everyone else’s posts!

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