(Here at Tintd Teen, we wonder about the representation of all girls and boys, but for the discussion of this article, we are referencing young black girls.)
The article listed below was written by Kelly at Stacked Books in 2015. Her piece, entitled 'Black Girls Matter: A YA Reading List' was very thought-provoking. She pointed out the differences in the way young black girls in schools are treated in comparison to girls of other races.
We've taken two quotes from Kelly's article, words which strike the heart soundly:
"...mattering extends to those teen black girls who deserve to be listened to, acknowledged, boosted, and treated as human beings with immense potential, perspective, and possibility ahead of them."
So, in response to this feeling, Kelly created a reading list of YA books featuring a black girl at the center. Her words about this were:
"....creating a resource list feels like a small step toward not only acknowledging the issue, but it feels like something that could, I hope, get a book into the hands of a person who desperately needs it."
It is a Must-Read (if you haven't read it already!). Here is the link: