I mentioned the We Need Diverse Books campaign yesterday (where I also successfully linked this blog to Tumblr – yay me!). I’ll be blogging more about this May 1-3. (And by this, I mean diversity in children’s books – we’ve already heard enough about me and my Tumblr victory.)
In the meantime, here are some links about recent conversations and controversies related to diversity in children’s & YA publishing.
- Book Riot provides an overview what’s happening at Book Expo America (BEA) and their scheduled panel of kid lit authors that was comprised solely of white men.
- Entertainment Weekly gives a nice summary of data about diversity in children’s lit characters and authors, tracked by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC).
- YA giant Walter Dean Myers talks about the importance of books reflecting the experiences of children of color in his NY Times opinion piece: Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?
- His son, author and illustrator Christopher Myers has a companion piece in the NY Times, discussing how books serve as maps: The Apartheid of Children’s Literature
I’m not new to the issue of diversity but I’m newer to the conversation as it relates to children’s literature. What links and resources am I missing? Add them in the comments.