The #OwnVoices hashtag began on September 6 and, if you were in the book community, it might have been all you saw on Twitter for a few hours.
#ownvoices, to recommend kidlit about diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group.
— Corinne Duyvis (@corinneduyvis) September 6, 2015
Started by Otherbound author Corinne Duyvis, the hashtag focuses on recommending titles about marginalized groups of people by authors in those groups.
While there were Tweets and calls for books outside of the YA community – calls that were responded to with eager and helpful recommendations – a good chunk of the recommendations in the #OwnVoices tag were YA books. After all, the YA community has made it clear they want diverse titles – and diverse titles from those of that background are even better.
Take a peek at some of the YA #OwnVoices recommendations!
— Dahlia Adler (@MissDahlELama) September 6, 2015
— Stella Ngai (@StellaJNgai) September 7, 2015
— Aisha Saeed (@aishacs) September 6, 2015
ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE was my first gay YA. So powerful, and an all-time fave. #ownvoices
— Shelly (@shellysrambles) September 6, 2015
What #OwnVoices books do you recommend? Sound off in the comments below!