What’s a thematic list? What is included on these lists?
These are lists of recommended (by me) diverse books that address a certain topic or theme. Books included are mostly in English (or bilingual, but they must include an English version) and they have to fulfill one of the following requirements:
- Represent, portray, or include main characters who are indigenous people, people of color, or from an underrepresented group or subgroup (underrepresentation could be due to gender, sexual orientation, physical diversity, neurodiversity, mental illnesses, religion or spirituality, and other)
- Written or illustrated by an “insider” to the group portrayed (#OwnVoices).
- When possible, characters representing intersectionality will be preferred.
- Currently, all titles recommended are picturebooks. I am not listing, recommending, or reviewing books for young readers (9-13) or for teens.
First thematic list: Picture Books About MLK!
I am a past member and chair of the Pura Belpré Award (2014 and 2018). I won’t write public comments about books that were eligible for the PBA in those years, although they might be listed on thematic lists, without any personal review.
I am the 2021 Chair of the Walter Award, from WNDB. Our committee evaluates books for young readers (9-13) and for teens. For that reason, this year (2021) I am not recommending books for those ages, and I won’t share personal reviews or comments about any committee deliberations. I am only including picture books on my lists.
I receive books from publishers for the age categories mentioned above (not picture books). Occasionally publishers send me free copies of picture books for review, just because I am on their lists as a book reviewer. I never accept books with the condition of writing a public review or in exchange for recommendations, and I do not benefit monetarily from any of my recommendations. Titles are linked to Worldcat, for the public to find these books in a library.
If publishers wish to submit books, knowing that I don’t promise inclusion on these lists, links to purchase them, or a positive review, feel free to contact me.