By Kirstie Myvett and Aya Khalil
KLIC featured over 30 BIPOC children and middle-grade authors and illustrators on our blog in 2022. We’ve had guest bloggers, cover reveals, and many giveaways to promote BIPOC books and stories near and far. Since starting our group in 2019, we’ve featured over 60 BIPOC authors on our website and countless more on our social media platforms, and look forward to reading and sharing more of your wonderful stories and illustrations.
Besides using our website and social media platforms, another way we’ve accomplished our mission of amplifying diverse voices is by participating in panels. In 2022, we led panels on the following topics: Brown Joy Matters: Elevating BIPOC Voice in Print, Writing and Modeling Anti Racism for Young Readers, and Banned Book Edition. Panels provide a great opportunity for learning, discussion, and sharing. We hope to participate in even more panels this year.
This was a busy year for our KLIC authors who published 10 books in 2022, including one middle-grade book. Our authors were featured in regional and national press and received several awards and recognition, including:
New England Book Award Finalist - Middle Grade
New England Independent Booksellers Association Fall 2022 Windows and Mirrors Selection
Outstanding Book Award 2022, National Association of Black Journalists
Today Show - Read with Jenna Jr. Summer Reading selection in June
NECN Women’s History Month story in March
2022 Horn Book Summer Reading Recommended Title
Booklist’s Best of 2022
Chicago Public Library’s Best of 2022 list
The Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree Magazine
WGRZ (NBC Affiliate, Buffalo)
Amazon Editor’s Picks
Greenwich Free Press
School Library Journal
New York Magazine
Wisconsin Muslim Journal
American Muslim Today
KLIC authors believe in giving back, especially to aspiring children’s authors. Several of our authors have taken part in mentorship programs to share their knowledge and pay it forward. Our members serve as mentors at the Highlights Muslim Storyteller Fellowship, We Need Diverse Books - Black Creators Fund, and We Need Diverse Books (general mentorship program).
Another way that we pay it forward is by participating in World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) and reading our books for free to students across the country. Thanks to a virtual platform, we can meet children and teachers all over. We have shared our books with children in Texas, Iowa, Florida, Indiana, New York, Louisiana, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, and Canada. If you haven’t booked us for WRAD in 2023, time is running out! Just click on our CONTACT button and someone will reach out to you asap!
We have many books coming out this year so keep an eye out for more information.
Last, we continue to support amazing and talented authors by reading their books. This year KLIC authors have read over 536 books!!! We are passionate readers and will continue to spread the love of books with you all.
Happy New Year!
You can learn about our books at our KidLitinColor.com.