Whether you’re a long-time reader or have just found me, thanks for reading.
I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best books authored by or featuring people of color. I write positive, negative, and mixed reviews.
Originally I started this blog because people kept asking me about something our family did the 30 Day Project and I wanted a place to refer them for reviews and information, but ColorfulBookReviews has expanded beyond that scope. I post far more fiction book reviews than planned!
Although my main focus is reading about African Americans, I also have interest in books about other people of color, indigenous peoples, disability, LGB, transgender, and other marginalized groups. I also post about books that deal with adoption, foster care and multi-ethnic families.
What I Post
Most weeks I review a fiction book (everything from picture books up to adult fiction, but often chapter books for 2nd-8th grade) for Fiction Friday. In 2021, I also began to occasionally review specifically diverse middle grade fantasy novels on Middle Grade Monday.
Sometimes I post links and videos for Website Wednesday. They might relate to a book or theme or just generally have to do with diversity.
Occasionally, I do a Theme Week, with several posts relating to the same topic.
Very occasionally if I review more than one book on a subject, I Compare and Contrast two or more books. Also as I am starting to build up some reviews, I am beginning to do Book Lists. All of my reviews are tagged with the general reading level, genre, and diverse groups featured, to make it easier to find books that might interest you.
Other Areas of Note
In 2017, I began building a diverse board book collection from the ground up.
In 2020 I completed my first major List of Recommended Diverse Middle Grade Fantasy Novels. It was so much fun that I’m now working on another.
If you want to know more about me personally, I occasionally post about how my reading relates to my life under this tag.