Quick Things You Need To Know:
- These are #OwnVoices authors writing with lived experience
- The veracity of my research is limited to what I can find on the internet. I spend 15-20 minutes researching each author and illustrator when I screen a new book, so I’ve stared compiling a list of authors from marginalized groups.
- I search for author & illustrator bios, check Amazon author pages, and try to find maker websites. When possible, I’ll verify birthplaces and heritage/ethnicity, but sometimes all I have to go on is a bio photo.
Patreon-Only Unpolished book lists in progress:
Public Book Collections (Accessible to all)
- Black Women in American History – Books about Black Women in US history by Black women makers are marked with an asterisk [*].
- Tenacious Instigators – Disabled heroes in history, not all are #OwnVoices, this is on my to-do list.
- Maker Spotlight with Brontez Purnell, who identifies as Black, male, queer, Southern, and punk.
- Dismantling The First Thanksgiving Myth – this collection leans heavily on #OwnVoices indigenous makers and a couple other marginalized groups (immigrants, Black Americans)
- Maker Spotlight on the Neurodivergent Narwhals with Lei Wiley Mydske – Lei is an multiracial autistic woman of color & neurodiversity rights advocate.
- The Sikh Identity maker spotlight with Navjoy Kaur, a Sikh Canadian mother and micro-press publisher
- Stereotype-Free Kids Stories Celebrating the Lunar New Year – featuring books by Asian authors & illustrators