Diverse reads/characters, Ownvoices and Multicultural Interests.
Diverse reads/characters: stories that include authors and characters according to WNDB definition of Diversity: “all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
Ownvoices: include stories with the authors sharing a marginalized/diverse identity or experience with the protagonist.
Multicultural Interest: stories that include ideas, beliefs or characters from different countries and cultural backgrounds particularly those of minority groups