Friends – it’s been a LONG time, hasn’t it? Your world and mine has both shifted dramatically – or has it just made more of us see what was always there? 

I thought to warm up to new blogs, I’d share my favorites on Twitter to educate myself on issue that are important to me – whether its criminal justice reform or diversity in kidlit. 

This is NOT a comprehensive list by any means, but some of my favorites.

A lot of times I find good accounts by following one person for a while and then I look at their followers and see who I want to follow or watch the twitter exchanges to see who looks interesting to me. 

When I’m on twitter as an author, I’m there to:

  1. Follow trends/ideas/new publications
  2. LEARN from people who are leaders in the profession
  3. LEARN about issues of #ownvoices, diversity and representation 
  4. Support fellow authors 
  5. Support literary journals and publishers

POETS/AUTHORS (again, just a sample list)

@sunyungshin – Poet. Amazing. Sun Yung Shin.

@LRGiles – Lamra Giles. author, tweets about writing, diversity, #ownvoices

@wordglass – Indigenous – Ojibwe writer

@su_hwangster – Poet. Su Hwang. 

@junaudaalma – Junauda Petrus – The Stars and the Blackness Between them! MN writer who just won a Newberry honor

@nhannahjones – NYT writer and founder/author of the #1619 Project

@HeidErdrich – Heid E. Erdrich. MN Indigenous poet. Advocate and invested in artist community

@margaritapoet – Margarita Engle. Former Young People’s Poet Laureate – talks about poetry, writing

@rebeccanagle – Rebecca Nagle. Cherokee writer and advocate

@rickriordan – Rick Riordan – big advocate for #ownvoices

@johncoy23 – MN kidlit writer

@MrEugeneGrant – Writer #ownvoices generally great follow learn a lot

@nkjemisin – N.K. Jemisin. SciFi author – great follow, beautiful writing

@LindaSuePark – Linda Sue Park. Amazing author and advocate

@halseanderson – Laurie Halse Anderson – author of SPEAK

@Mike_Jung – Mike Jung. author, autistic, diversity

@lxgino – Alex Gino. Author of George and Rick. author of George 

@ElloEllenOh – Ellen Oh – author and leader of We Need Diverse Books.

@olugbemisola – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. AMAZING! Author 

@nikkigrimes9 – Nikki Grimes – poet and verse novelist.

@planetalvina – Alvina Ling. Editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers also has a podcast – Book Friends Forever

@pacylin – Grace Lin. Author, leader, amazing writer.

@nnedi – Nnedi Okorafor. Fantasy writer – amazing words, great great great follow

@donalynbooks – Donalyn Miller. Teacher, author, #nerdybookclub

@CynLeitichSmith – Cynthia Leitich Smith. Native author, amazing!!!!

@kaokaliayang – Kao Kalia Yang – author, teacher – Latehomecomer, A Map Into the World

@GibneyShannon – MN kitlit author.

@MimaWrites – Aida Salazar – kidlit verse novel author. The Moon Within 

@getnicced – Nic Stone. Amazing storyteller – Dear Martin



@buttonpoetry – provider of spoken word and performance and other poetry media

@MerriamWebster – because of course. And they are a great follow

@apjpoetry – American Poetry Journal

@poetrymagazine – Poetry Magazine

@POETSorg – Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets

@Loftliterary – Loft Literary Center – Non profit literary community fosterer in Minneapolis

@birchbarkbooks – Independent Bookstore. 

@MoonPalaceBooks – Independent Bookstore

@AuthorVillage – book agency for authors and artists – INCREDIBLE lecture series right now.

@Milkweed_Books – Independent publisher of lots – but amazing poetry!



@poetry_asylum – Poetry Asylum – just follow and listen and learn

@MNPrisonWriting – Minnesota Prison Writing initiative. They have the most extraordinary readings of their students. 

@novelmindkidlit – mental health in kidlit

@thebullhornblog – blog/writers about kidlit and social justice

@PublishingTrans – “It is not enough to write our own stories, we must be able to edit them too.”

@LatinosInKidLit – Latino kid lit authors and resources

@chefjoseandres – making food and doing incredible humanitarian work everywhere

@WCKitchen – World Central Kitchen – Coordinating food needs everywhere.

@YA_Pride – dedicated to LGBTQIAP and YA literature

@diversebooks – organization – We Need Diverse Books – a necessary follow ALWAYS.

@earmnwriters – EAR: White MN Writers for Racial Justice

@consciouskidlib – #ownvoices and parenting and education through a critical race lens

@brownbookshelf – highlights African American children’s authors AMAZING resource.

@dereese – Dr. Debbie Reese – Creator of the blog American Indians in Children’s Literature.

@ASlavitt – Andy Slavitt. My go-to for COVID related news.

@Deborah_Rev – Rev Deborah Johnson – inspiring voice on justice and reconciliation 

@UR_Ninja – Unicorn Riot – independent media and video streams

@Tolerance_org – Teaching Tolerance – creating equitable school experiences for kids and teachers

@brionajenkins – Bri Jenkins – activist, speaker, Podcast – “The Tea with Bri”

@MPD150 – Challenging the idea of the police and encouraging divest from police and investing in communities.


Favorite Book Tubers/Book Bloggers: @youngiftednblak, @bookishrealm, @RachelRaeReads, @monicaisreading, @Lyricalswordz – what are yours?  

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