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
- Maker Spotlight on Reflection Press – Dismantling cissexism in kidlit. “Both of us queer, Maya as Chicanx femme and Matthew as trans and raised by gay dads, we’ve each had experiences that speak to many of the core challenges faced by the lgbtqi2s+ community and hold perspectives and values that rise from its rich culture.”