I am a blogger for YALSA’s The Hub. YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.
I do a monthly post about diversity in YA called Diversify YA Life. My posts will feature diverse authors and YA books with diverse characters. You’ll find that my posts are about more than just race because I believe that diversity is anything that is NOT white, straight, christian, or able-bodied.
I will also write posts about fandoms and author visits.
Where are all the Black Hermiones? This post explores the question of why racially diverse YA tends to lean toward contemporary/realistic fiction. As an avid YA fantasy reader, I noticed that minority characters in this genre are almost nonexistent. Although I found several speculative YA fiction that contain minorities, most of the titles were published within the last couple of years and many of the authors are debuts. Let’s hope this won’t be a fading trend.