Kidlit These Days

Hosted ByJenn Northington & Matthew Winner

Kidlit These Days is your kidlit connoisseurs pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today.

E11: Diversity-Focused Publishing

Karina and Matthew talk about identifying a publisher by its “voice”, focusing on the specific in order to connect with the universal, and they highlight some imprints and independent publishers who are centering diversity in different ways. Joining is special guest Namrata Tripathi of Kokila.

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Magination Press

Lee & Low Books

HighWater Press

Also Mentioned: Salaam Reads, Bharat Babies, Inhabit Media, Penny Candy Books, Groundwood Books, Kar-Ben Publishing, Cinco Puntas, Just Us Books, Pomela

Publishers Spotlight




An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States For Young People byRoxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jean Mendoza,and Debbie Reese

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism byRobin DiAngelo,

The Right Hook of Devin Velma byJake Burt

Picture Books:

My Papi Has a Motorcycle byIsabel Quintero, illustrated byZeke Peña(Kokila)

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison (Kokila)

Jacob’s Room to Choose by Sarah Hoffman and Ian Hoffman, illustrated by Chris Case (Magination Press)

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Versify)

When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Fett (HighWater Press)

Galapagos Girl by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Lee & Low)

Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock by Dallas, Illustrated by Amanda Strong (HighWater Press)

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita (Lee and Low)

Middle Grade:

Strange Birds:A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers byCelia C. Pérez(Kokila)

The Last Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles (Versify)

Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (Lee and Low)

Young Adult:

TRANS+:: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Karen Rayne, PhD, and Kathryn Gonzales, MBA, illustrated by Anne Passchier and Nyk Rayne (Magination)

This Place: 150 Years Retold edited by Alicia Elliiott (HighWater Press)

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