Websites

  1. All Our Worlds – A massive collection of diverse SFF with a well-developed search engine that allows users to look for specific diverse elements within science fiction/fantasy texts. Many books are listed based on recommendation from users, so the breadth and depth of this site is massive. According to the site creator, Kate Oberlin, “Readers will be excited to discuss new books instead of being afraid that their childhood favorites will be cynically dissected. It’s a win for everybody: the authors get the attention, diverse works become more popular, and readers have something new to celebrate.”
  2. Charlotte’s Library – Contains reviews of multicultural speculative fiction for a vast range of ages. The site creator separates the literature into age groups and links various reading materials to personal reviews. The site is not specifically dedicated to diverse SFF, but the link posted will take you to that specific page.
  3. The Dark Fantastic – “Race and the Imagination in Children’s & YA Books, Media, and Fan Cultures” – lists authors, resources, and websites curated by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas an assistant professor at Penn GSE. What I like most is the fact that there are links to scholarly articles in support of science fiction and fantasy texts.
  4. Diverse Dystopias: A Book List – A list of dystopian YA that includes a main character of color or  was written by a person of color. The list is compiled by Lee and Low Books and was put together in honor of their short story anthology, Diverse Energies, which includes diverse SF by 11 speculative fiction authors.
  5. Diversity in YA – Founded as a website and a book tour, Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo use this space to celebrate literary diversity in all its forms to bring attention to books that might not be considered “mainstream” by some critics. The authors of the site state the following: “…we publish guest posts from authors about their books and writing process; we compile lists of diverse books; we analyze data about diversity in YA literature; we interview authors and those in the business of publishing diverse books; and we share links to the broader discourse on diversity in YA.”
  6. Fifteen Percent Concentrated Power of Will – a list of texts with protagonists who are people of color. The list is compiled by the author of the website, Rachel Manija, and she makes sure to note that she has not read all of the books listed, but it is a working document and a decent place to get recommendations from post comments.
  7. Stacy Whitman’s Grimoire – Although she keeps her book list updated on Pinterest due to the ease of pinning vs. compiling books on the website, the author, a publisher of Tu books, uses this site and Pinterest to list multicultural fantasy and science fiction for readers 7-18.
  8. Science Fiction in Education – The main goal of this collaborative was to “create and disseminate a SciFi in Education Toolkit, which will strive to convince, guide, and support educators in introducing Science Fiction in education.” I’m specifically linking to the science fiction in education toolkit because this is a great resource for use in the classroom.