I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!
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Putting all these on my to-read list!
Fantastic list of Asian writers of SFF. Includes those who write young adult.
5 Ways to Use Sound When Writing
Sound is one of the most powerful ways to get into a scene, and when utilized can help your writing flow easier. Below are my favorite tips for using sound to kick you into writing mode (from least to most obvious).
5. Make the sounds of your scene on your computer.
Credit for this idea goes to friend/classmate Annie (who is awesome).
With an app like White Noise, you can actually create the sound of your scene. Characters are walking near a harbor? No problem. Character’s are sitting by a fire? You got it. Place yourself in the center of that scene and use the sounds to help you become fully immersed.
THE SUN HAT WITH THE RIBBON OF DEATH
by frida vega.
"Rewrite this story" by Alex Benetel
Nothing can compare to books and writing while it’s raining.
Lofty Mount Lu/廬山高 (1467), Shen Zhou
Recently The New York Times paired articles by Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers, discussing the lack of representation of people of color in children’s literature. Those excellent articles—which pointed out that in the long history of children’s literature we haven’t made much progress—caught the attention of best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, who started the #colormyshelf hashtag on Twitter asking for suggestions of diverse books that she could go purchase for her daughter. What a wonderful way to bring attention to what parents can do!
Just because diverse books don’t always show up front and center in bookstores doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Here’s a list of places to find great diverse books for young readers. Buy them, read them, recommend them. Showing demand for diverse books is one of the best ways to encourage the publication of more of them!
1. Publishers: Several small publishers (us included) focus on diverse books. They’re a great place to start, and you can usually buy books from them directly, order them through an online retailer like Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or ask your local bookstore to order them (which also displays a demand for diverse titles):
Lee & Low Books (diverse books for young readers featuring a range of cultures)
Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low (diverse middle grade and young adult speculative fiction)
Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low (bilingual English/Spanish picture books)
Cinco Puntos Press (adult and children’s literature, and multicultural and bilingual books from Texas, the Mexican-American border, and Mexico)
Just Us Books (black interest and multicultural books for children and young adults)
Roadrunner Press (fiction and nonfiction for young readers focusing on the American West and America’s Native Nations)
Piñata Books, an imprint of Arte Público (juvenile and young adult books focused on Hispanic culture and by U.S. Hispanic authors)
Groundwood Books (Canadian publisher of books for young readers with a focus on diverse voices)
2. Blogs That Recommend Diverse Books: There are some great bloggers out there who do the hard work of seeking out, reading, and recommending diverse children’s books, so you don’t have to! Just hop over to their blogs to find great new books to add to your collection:
The Brown Bookshelf (African American books)
American Indians in Children’s Literature (Native American books)
Latinos in KidLit (Latino books )
BookDragon (all diverse books, with a special focus on Asian/Pacific Islanders cultures)
Diversity in YA (diverse young adult books)
Rich in Color (diverse books for all young readers)
Crazy QuiltEdi (diverse books for all young readers)
Lee & Low Pinterest Board (diverse books searchable by genre and age)
3. Awards: If you’re simply looking for the best of the best that’s been published each year, awards are the place. Books that win these awards have been vetted by experts (mostly librarians) so you can expect them to be top quality, beautiful, and culturally accurate.
Coretta Scott King Award (African American books)
Pura Belpré Award (Latino books)
Américas Book Award (Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino books)
Tomás Rivera Book Award (Mexican American books)
Notable Books for a Global Society (outstanding trade books that help promote understanding across lines of culture, race, sexual orientation, values, and ethnicity)
4. Bookstores: If you prefer to purchase your books through good old-fashioned browsing, there are several great independent bookstores that make it a point to stock diverse books. Below are a few we’ve been to, or that have been recommended to us by readers. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by to support them!
Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
Calamus Bookstore, Boston, MA
La Casa Azul New York, NY
Quimby’s, Chicago, IL
Women and Children First, Chicago, IL
The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL
Politics and Prose, Washington DC
Busboys and Poets, Washington DC
The Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne, VT
Birchbark Books, Minneapolis, MN
Ancestry Books, Minneapolis, MN (coming soon)
Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ
Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
Librería Martinez, Santa Ana, CA
What did we miss? Let us know in the comments!