Episode 146: Diversity in Library Collections

February 28, 2024

In episode 146 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:


Diversity in Library Collections

Diversity in children’s publishing has been a big topic in recent months. Megan has tips for ensuring your library – school or home – is diverse and inclusive, as well as recommending some favourites.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

Spy Academy by Jack Heath 

‘Countdown to Yesterday’ by Shirley Marr 

‘What they Told Me’ by Hayley Lawrence 

Alphabetter by Maura Pierlot & Jorge Garcia Redondo 

The Travelling Bookshop #5: Mim and The Vicious Vendetta by Katrina Nannestad, illustrated by Cheryl Orsini 



2023 Your Kid’s Favourite Read list 

Harmony Week 

The National Centre for Australian Youth Literature: Family Diversity

DANZ Awards 

Issue 128, Term one 2024 Connections, SCIS

Evaluating Resouces Guide

Keep Notes And Carry On: A post from Emily Gale’s Substack 


Diversity in library collections

Picture Books

Sisters: Venus & Serena Williams by Jeanette Winter

Jessica’s Box (Cerebral Palsy edition) by Peter Carnavas

Be Careful, Xiao Xin!  by Alice Pung, illustrated by Sher Rill Ng

The Month That Makes the Year by Inda Ahmad Zahri

Ceremony written by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

Stay for Dinner written by Sandhya Parappukkaran, illustrated by Michelle Pereira

Tayta’s Secret Ingredient by Amal Abu-Eid, illustrated by Cara King

The Heartbeat of the Land written by Cathy Freeman (as told to Coral Vass), illustrated by Tannya Harricks

Love makes a Family by Sophie Beer

One Tree by Christopher Cheng, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrated by Van T Rudd

Boy by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Shane Devries

My Shadow is Purple by Scott Stuart

Who’s Your Real Mum? by Bernadette Green and Anna Zobel

Wrestle! by Maya Newell and Charlotte Mars, illustrated by Tom Jellet

 Come Over to My House written by Sally Rippin and Eliza Hull, illustrated by Daniel Gray-Barnett

Words Between Us by Angela Pham Krans, illustrated by Dung Ho

Dancing With Daddy by Anitra Rowe Schulte, illustrated by Ziyue Chen

Lucky Me by Lawrence Schimel (translated from Spanish), illustrated by Juan Camilo Mayorga

Outside Amelia’s Window by Caroline Nastro, illustrated by Anca Sandu Budisan

I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood, illustrated by Julianna Swaney

Brilliant Bea by Shaina Rodolph and Mary Vukadinovich, illustrated by Fiona Lee

My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, illustrated by Ashley Barron


Junior Fiction

What Zola Did (series) written by Melina Marchetta, illustrated by Deb Hudson

Koori Princess by Anita Heiss 

Little Ash (series) by Ash Barty and Jasmin McGaughey, illustrated by Jade Godwin

Harriet Hound by Kate Foster, illustrated by Sophie Beer


Our Stories (series) published by Pan Macmillan Australia including:

When Granny Came to Stay written by Alice Pung, Illustrated by Soweol Han

Maku by Meyne Wyatt

The Very Best Doughnut written by Randa Abdel-Fattah, illustrated by Amani Haydar

29 Things You Didn’t Know About Me written by Solli Raphael, illustrated by Olana Janfa


Aussie Kids (series), published by Penguin Books Australia, including:

Meet Taj at the Lighthouse by Maxine Beneba-Clarke, illustrated by Nicki Greenberg

Meet Katie at the Beach by Rebecca Johnson, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

Middle Grade

When I See Blue by Lily Bailey

Ways to Be Me by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My Life As an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Paws by Kate Foster

The Bravest Word by Kate Foster

The Unlikely Heroes Club by Kate Foster

Aster’s Good Right Things by Kate Gordon

Indigo in the Storm by Kate Gordon

Esme in the Limelight by Kate Gordon

Xavier in the Meantime by Kate Gordon

The Wintrish Girl by Melanie La’Brooy

Huda Was Here by H. Hayek

Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon by Gabrielle Wang

The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm by Karen Foxlee, illustrated by Freda Chiu

No Words by Maryam Master

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards


Further listening

Episode 11: Must-Read Books by First Nations Creators 

Episode 39: Books About Families 

Episode 72: Collection Development For Libraries

Episode 127: 10 minutes with Seth Malacari 

Episode 125: 10 minutes with Alison Evans 

Episode 121: 10 minutes with Alice Pung 

Episode 116: 10 minutes with Gary Lonesburgh 

Episode 114: 10 minutes with Chemutai Glasheen 

Episode 103: 10 minutes with Rebecca Lim

Episode 101: 10 minutes with Samera Kameleddine

Episode 58: 10 minutes with Shirley Marr 

Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley

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