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.

Writing About Mental Health for MG and YA Readers: A Two-Night Mini

Writing About Mental Health for MG and YA Readers: A Two-Night Mini

Starts: April 2, 2024

Writing Through Trauma to Empower Readers: A Working In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Writing Through Trauma to Empower Readers: A Working In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Starts: April 11, 2024

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat

Starts: May 2, 2024

Jewish Symposium: An In-Community Gathering for Jewish Writers and Illustrators

Jewish Symposium: An In-Community Gathering for Jewish Writers and Illustrators

Starts: May 5, 2024

Black Voices: An In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Black Voices: An In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Starts: July 7, 2024

Neurodiverse Writers and Illustrators: An In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Neurodiverse Writers and Illustrators: An In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Starts: August 8, 2024

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Native Creatives: An In-Community Retreat

Starts: August 21, 2024

Latinx Voices: An In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Latinx Voices: An In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Starts: October 27, 2024

Rainbow Retreat: An In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Rainbow Retreat: An In-Community Retreat for Storytellers

Starts: October 31, 2024

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.

Our Mission in Action

Share Your Story, Inspire a Child
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Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit
Partners & Sponsors

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.