Rich in Color is dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult fiction starring or written by people of color or people from First/Native Nations. We believe that teens (and adults!) should be able to find themselves in the kinds of books they love to read. At Rich in Color, we want to showcase a wide variety of multicultural books so that kids will be able to see themselves as more than just the sassy best friend, the very special lesson, or the extra in the background.
The discrepancy between books that feature or are written by people of color or people from First/Native Nations and the actual composition of the U.S. population is a concern for us. We think it’s important to support these books/authors, and one way we can do that is to talk about them.
If you know of any books that are coming out that are not already on our release calendar, let us know in the comments of our latest post or at our Tumblr or Twitter accounts. Yes, even if you’re the author, agent, or publisher–don’t be shy! We are also on Goodreads, so friend us and recommend some books!
Crystal has been an elementary school teacher for about twenty years. The past seven of those years, she has been lucky enough to teach in the library. Lucky that is, because she has been an avid reader since early childhood. The only downside is that while she loves teaching elementary students, her preferred reading choice is young adult. During grad school, her favorite two courses were Young Adult Lit and Multicultural Lit.
When not reading, she may be found knitting, running, blogging or hanging out with her family. You may find her on Twitter, Goodreads, and her blog Reading Through Life. You can also email her directly.
Jessica is a bookworm to the core (in the place of a heart, she has a book). Every year she tries to carve a novel out of Nanowrimo and fails. In consolation, she scours the bookshelves for YA lit for comfort reading. Her hobbies are summarizing modernist Japanese literature to her friends and practicing her Gollum voice.
K. Imani Tennyson calls herself a teacher/writer and writer/teacher because her two professional selves often overlap. An English/Language Arts teacher for 10 years, 8 of them in a middle school, K. Imani also holds an MFA in Creative Writing. She was reintroduced to YA literature as an adult by falling in love with a boy wizard named Harry, and continues to devour the all the wonderful goodness YA brings. Her writing is heavily influenced & inspired by her students as she realized that stories featuring Persons of Color were lacking. Her desire to find and spread the word about quality YA works featuring characters of color and/or written by authors of color is what drove her to join Rich in Color. Lastly, when she isn’t reading, writing or teaching, K. Imani loves to sleep and compete in the occasional triathlon.
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. Please contact jonATrichincolor.com with any Rich in Color website problems.