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About This Journal

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature was collaboratively founded in December 2016 by a group of activist scholars who embody, research, and foreground diversities, inclusivity, advocacy, and visibility for scholarship that is not always privileged/acknowledged within academia.

The mission of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature is to publish scholarship attending to issues of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality in youth literature, culture, and media.

At a time when conversations regarding the lack of diversity, erasure, and appropriations in children’s literature have become more amplified, RDYL is an effort to:

  • diversify our discussions regarding youth literature and media
  • bring into dialogue with one another voices from the interrelated fields of librarianship, education, literature, communication, publishing, and so on
  • provide space for emerging scholars and undervalued scholarship

We are open to essays, interviews, illustrations, and other formats as they pertain to diversity in children’s and young adult literature in all media. Please see our policies page and submissions portal for more information.

This journal is supported by the Children’s Literature Association Diversity Research Grant; the American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services; St. Catherine University; and West Chester University of Pennsylvania.