Rich in Color is dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult fiction starring or written by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We believe that teens should be able to find themselves in the kinds of books they love to read.
While there has been improvement in the quantity of diverse children’s books over the last few years, that alone does not ensure the accuracy or quality of the representation found within. We believe it’s important to support BIPOC books and authors, and one way we can do that as non-publishing professionals is to promote them.
If you know of any traditionally published young adult books that are not already on our release calendar, let us know in the comments of our latest post or at our Goodreads, Tumblr, Twitter, or Instagram accounts. (Yes, even if you’re the author, agent, or publisher!)
Audrey is an editor and writer who is passionate about promoting diversity in the stories she reads and writes. She is also opinionated about female characters, saving-the-world to when-will-he-kiss-me page count ratios, villainous motivations, and cooking.
Crystal has been an elementary school teacher for more than 25 years. For about half of those years, she’s been lucky enough to teach in the library. She loves teaching elementary students, but prefers reading young adult books. During library school, her two favorite courses were Young Adult Lit and Multicultural Lit.
Jessica spends her time sampling boba and cultivating succulents while working on fantasy fiction. She briefly wrote puns for money, and is happy to rec you books whenever. When not asleep, she can be found on twitter, instagram, or goodreads.
K. Imani Tennyson is teacher/writer and writer/teacher because her two professional selves often overlap. An English/Language Arts teacher for over 15 years, K. Imani also holds an MFA in Creative Writing. She is a 2014 VONA/Voices Fellow and participated in the ALA’s Day of Diversity conference that gathered authors, bloggers, teachers and librarians to promote diverse voices in Children’s and YA literature. You may find her on Twitter.
Jon has slummed it in the valley with the Wakefield twins; slumber partied with Huey, Dewey and Louie; joined Krakow in stalking Angela; and climbed every mountain with the Von Trapps. He has written a guide to blogging, and currently writes young adult and middle grade. He lives online at www.jonyang.org, tweets @jayang, and collects covers of MG/YA books featuring Asian males on his Pinterest. Call it a hobby.