Disability in Kidlit


School Library Journal posted a nice article with an interview with one of the editors of this site last week for Autism Awareness Day and I’ve been meaning to share. I subscribe to Disability in Kidlit’s posts and have found them to be an invaluable resource for thinking about many issues related to disability and diversity.

The site’s mission states: “Disability in Kidlit is dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions, examining this topic from various angles–but always from the disabled perspective.”

From the homepage you can find their latest posts, including think-pieces, book reviews, and author interviews. I also recommend checking out their content page for a breakout list of entries.

Books like “El Deafo”, “Wonder”, and “Out of My Mind” have attained national popularity in recent years, reflecting a more open-minded view of diversity in middle-grade and YA literature, which is really exciting! As a professional (and someone without a disability) I find this site to be a great supplement to books like the ones I mentioned as a way for me to think through some larger issues and understand what makes for a “successful” portrayal of life with a disability.

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