Diversity is a buzzword in publishing now, but writer Jean Ho points out that while more authors of color are on the shelves now, the people working behind the scenes are still almost entirely white:
In 2015, Lee & Low Books, an independent publisher of multicultural children’s and young adult literature, launched the first major study of staff diversity in publishing. Over 40 publishers and review journals participated. The findings revealed that across the board, nearly 80 percent of those surveyed who worked in publishing self-identified as white.
Stories Untold: Race, Representation, and Politics in Children’s and Young Adult Books
an event at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, May 2014
With diverse expertise in child development, parenting, writing, activism, and publishing, panelists discussed why #WeNeedDiverseBooks, the roots of the problem and examples of problematic representation, voice and authorship, and solutions going forward. Panelists included Charlene Allen, author of fiction for middle grade and young adult audiences; Dr. Sharon Cadiz, a nationally recognized child development expert with a passion for children’s literature; Matt de la Peña, author of seven critically-acclaimed young adult and middle grade novels; Vikki Law, a freelance writer and editor; and Stacy Whitman, the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books. The evening was moderated by activist and writer Sonia J Cheruvillil.
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Hi! We a€™re Stacy Whitman, publisher and editor of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, and Joseph Bruchac, author of more than 120 books for childr…
This is such a cool opportunity to ask both the author AND the publisher anything about writing in the YA world. Typically, you only get one side of the story, but this time, you get both. You should definitely check it out!
Transcript of The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel
May 31, 2014
Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
NB: transcript is edited slightly for clarity
I.W. Gregorio: I’d like to start off by doing a virtual mic drop for everyone who Tweeted and submitted photos.
My name is I.W. Gregorio, and on behalf of the whole #WeNeedDiverseBooks team I’d like to thank you for being here. As you know, #WeNeedDiverseBooks is a grassroots campaign, and by definition it owes its success to you. So please accept our sincerest gratitude for your Tweets, your retweets, your love and your support. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce some key members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks team.