Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit

When children are centered in the pages of a book, equity is amplified. When children expand their experiences through the pages of a book, access is amplified.

Children’s books that reflect the richness of the human experience through diversity, inclusion, and access are catalysts for change.   

Anti-Racism Resources

At the Highlights Foundation, we hold diversity as one of our core values. We are committed to diversity in craft, storytelling, shared stories and experiences. We strive for diverse representation in our faculty, staff, students, and partnerships. By fostering forward-moving dialogues, we encourage personal and institutional growth through education, awareness, and action.

Essential Conversations

To amplify the need and call for more diverse, inclusive, and accessible books, the Highlights Foundation developed Essential Conversations.  Learn more about the program and how you can participate or support.

An Intersectional Lens: Awareness + Action for Representation in Kids’ Books, Libraries & Classrooms

An Intersectional Lens: Awareness + Action for Representation in Kids’ Books, Libraries & Classrooms

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Free #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

Free #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Muslim Storytellers Gathered in the Barn

In-Community Fellowships and Programs

Through partnerships, grants, and our Essential Conversations Series, the Highlights Foundation offers several in-community program options for children’s authors and illustrators.

Visiting Our Campus

Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.

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