The Diverse Book Reading Challenge: The Danger of a Single Story
At the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, a session entitled "Native YA Today: Contemporary Indigenous Voices and Heroes for the 21st Century & Beyond" featured a panel of Indigenous authors: Cynthia Smith, Eric Gansworth, Dawn Quigley, and Joseph Bruchac. When asked by an audience member how individuals can better identify American Indian stereotypes and problematic issues in children's/YA books, the panel responded with the advice to read 100 books written by indigenous authors.
Purpose of the Diverse Reads guides
The TDRL believes in creating inclusive reading and educational experiences for all students, but to accomplish this, educators must understand the importance of accurate and positive representation of diverse identities in books written for young people. Therefore, the pages of this guide are meant to serve two purposes:
We highly encourage educators to begin the 100 book challenge for themselves, and for everyone to incorporate as many books with positive and accurate representation of marginalized identities as possible into their classrooms and homes.
NOTE: While we have done our best to only include books with positive reviews/feedback, the authenticity of diverse representation in these books has not been evaluated by TDRL staff. We highly recommend evaluating individual books for authentic representation before making recommendations to young people