A Book Blog That Celebrates Diversity

I am excited to share a terrific new book blog celebrating diversity in children’s literature: Ink & Pen. This is one of the main reasons I started The Children’s Bookshelf – to give parents a way to find great resources in the world of children’s books, and I’m so happy Ink & Pen linked up last week! Ink & Pen is a group of kids’ book geeks (you know, authors, librarians, teachers, etc.) who, in their own words, “feel that there isn’t nearly enough dialogue going on about diversity issues in children’s & YA lit. So, they got sad, they got mad, and then they got going and made this blog.” Ink & Pen was started in February of this year, and already I have added so many of their book recommendations to my must-read list!

The Ink and Penners shared two posts last week: Five Books about Brave and Clever Girls and Four Picture Books that Celebrate Creative Girls.  I am particularly looking forward to reading Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun’s King Fu about a Chinese girl who learns Kung Fu instead of becoming a lady-in-waiting and I Had a Favorite Dress, in which a girl’s mother finds creative uses for her daughter’s outgrown, but well loved-dress.

I hope you will all get a chance to go over to Ink & Pen and explore their reviews. It’s a great resource, and I plan on following their posts closely!

Did you make any discoveries this week through the linky? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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  1. Yes! I second you on the fabulousness of Ink & Pen! :-)

  2. This blog looks awesome! Subscribing now…

    And I thought I might link up for the first time.

    • Erica MomandKiddo says:

      Yay, I hope lots of people discover that blog. It has so much to offer. And so glad you are linking up this week.

  3. We really love Emily Arnold McCully’s books but especially Beautiful Warrior. All girls should learn karate I think.

  4. I Had a Favorite Dress is actually a modernized and feminized version of an old Yiddish folktale. I wrote about three versions, including that one, here: http://eveninaustraliakidlit.blogspot.com/2012/01/yiddish-folktale-three-ways.html.

    • Erica MomandKiddo says:

      That’s so interesting, now I really want to get my hands on that book. I love Joseph had a Litttle Overcoat.

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