Episode 31: Progressive Children’s Book List -Ashia Ray

In by Cindy Brandt

Show Description:

I’ve long admired the work done by Ashia Ray in her book curating website called Books For Littles. Her list of children’s books that help children understand privilege is TOTAL FIRE:  http://www.booksforlittles.com/silence-is-violence/

She opens up about her own story and why she started doing this work. We talked about why books are a disarming way to talk to children about hard topics like privilege and oppression. I asked her how we can help change the problem of the children’s lit industry being majority white and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Rick Riordan has actually done a great job of leveraging his own fame to boost the stories of those who live a marginalized existence – how encouraging! Ashia shares her favorite book list and children’s books, but her heart and soul shines through this interview.

Links (affiliates included):

Ashia Ray’s website, Books for Littles – http://www.booksforlittles.com

Rick Riordan Presents


Book list for Misfits – http://www.booksforlittles.com/misfits/

Drawn Together by Minh Le – https://amzn.to/2LEQPlS

Spork by Kyo Maclear – https://amzn.to/2GIVRPK

Books for Littles Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=8124582&redirect_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.booksforlittles.com%2Fmisfits%2F&utm_medium=widget

Deb Reese of American Indians In Children’s Literature (focuses on Indigenous representation)


Zetta Eliot – example of a self- & micropress-author working to fill the creating books beyond the big 5 publishers


Lydia X.Z. Brown – Speaking on experience of being a trans-racial adoptee


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