Stuff We Like: Ink & Pen


Posted: Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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ink and pen

Sometimes, when I have between 20-30 minutes to kill at the end of the day, I hop on Pinterest and see what’s going on there. Most days I like to trace the path of pins from our site. Other times I just go to the “education” tab and see what’s trending.

I can’t remember how I got there, but a few Thursdays ago, through a long string of pins and links, I ended up at this little blog: Ink & Pen.

Run by a confederation of children’s book enthusiasts and experts, Ink & Pen spotlights diversity in children’s books, something that, I’ll admit, I never really knew was an issue. Having grown up with a dad who was really good about buying me books from indie and local writers, artists and publishers (way before indie and local was cool!), I’ve always thought of children’s books as being one of the few places where diversity is actually represented pretty well.

However, it seems that outside of the books I grew up reading, children’s books might not be as inclusive as I always assumed they were — check out this post about 6th graders’ reactions to the YA displays in a major chain bookstore. Ink & Pen, however, offers boundless recommendations for children’s books that feature powerful characters from all walks of life and everywhere in between. From plucky heroines and underdog heroes to everyday kids who happen to be biracial, there’s a lot of inspiration to choose from here. Ink & Pen delivers suggestions from cream-of-the-crop picture books to tie in with heritage months to more nitty-gritty lists like diverse heroes and heroines in fantasy novels and Cinderella stories from around the globe.

So if you’re looking to restock your kid’s summer reading library, click on over to Ink & Pen and see what you can find. You can also keep up with them on Pinterest.

So, how about you: what’s your favorite kid’s book featuring diverse main characters? I’ll start: The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963.

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