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“Where once people of color were merely talked about, we finally get to do the talking.” – An Illustrator Interview with Minnie Phan

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Minnie Phan (she/her) is a queer Vietnamese American cartoonist, illustrator and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her work has been featured by Google, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Public Library, for which she illustrated a citywide reading campaign in 2022. She is the illustrator of the picture book The […]

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“There’s no one way for Blackness to exist on the page.” – An Author Interview with Ty Chapman

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Ty Chapman is the author of Sarah Rising (Beaming 2022); Looking For Happy (Beaming 2023); A Door Made for Me, written with Tyler Merritt (WorthyKids 2022); as well as multiple forthcoming children’s books through various publishers, and a forthcoming poetry collection through Button Poetry. Ty was a 2022 Center for Arts + Social Justice Fellow; […]

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“I’ve always been an outsider…” – An Author Interview with SJ Sindu

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SJ Sindu is a Tamil diaspora author of two literary novels (Marriage of a Thousand Lies, which won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award; and Blue-Skinned Gods, which was an Indie Next Pick and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award), two hybrid chapbooks (I Once Met You But You Were Dead, which won the Split […]

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Jewish American Heritage Month – Diverse Reads

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Every May the United States observes Jewish American Heritage Month! Celebrations honor the amazing and varied impacts that Jewish people have had on America’s past and present. Here at Diverse BookFinder, we’re excited to highlight all the wonderful racial and cultural diversity that exists within the Jewish community. Did you know? The Jewish population is […]

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Diverse Reads for Every Season: Springtime Blooms

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Lisely Laboy is the project manager at Diverse BookFinder. Lisely holds a master’s degree in Information and Library Sciences from Florida State University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She has 10 years of public library experience, including time as a programming librarian for children and teens. Here […]

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Revisiting Who’s Missing in Asian and Pacific Islander American Biographies

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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, honoring the past and present contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander people to the creation and prosperity of the United States of America. Like other cultural commemorations (Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, etc.) Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates people from a vast variety of nations […]

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“We come from such diverse backgrounds in this country, it is a beautiful thing to share.” – An Author Interview with Sandhya Acharya

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Sandhya Acharya is a children’s book author and writer based in Santa Clara, California. Her book, 10 Gulab Jamuns, has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly. Booklist Online, Asian and Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Mid-west Book Review, among others, and was also selected as part of the curriculum at Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), a U.S Department […]

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