Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Equity and Inclusion Resources

Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell – As part of SCBWI’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell video is available free to members and the general public and focuses on how ten BIPOC creators turned racism into art.

Access the video here: Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell Digital Workshop


Additional Resources:


Cooperative Children’s Book Center (statistics of the diversity of books for young people)

It Gets Better Project

Human Rights Campaign

Sunshine Behavioral Health

7 Anti-Racist Books Recommended by Educators and Activists

10 Black History Movies & Docuseries to Educate Yourself on Anti-Racism

Project Implicit

YouTube Video of Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses “White Fragility”





Quiz: What do you know about unconscious bias?

How to outsmart your own unconscious bias A TEDX talk by Valerie Alexander

Straight Talk on Race, by Mitali Perkins: Challenging the Stereotypes in Kids’ Books: “Here are five questions that’ll help you and your students discern messages about race in stories.”

We Need Diverse Books: Resources for individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing

Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States.

The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A Ted Talk on why no culture can be represented by one story.

Reading While White—Allies for Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Books for Childrens and Teens.


Celebrating Our Diversity:




Suggested Reading for the ALSC Day of  Diversity


  • American Indians in Children’s Literature (book reviews and recommendations): “provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”


  • February is African American History Month by Sandy Brehl: African American characters and themes should be shared all year long, not just during February as part of Black History Month activities.