Anne Sibley O'Brien, the keynote speaker, discussed her research with Krista Aronson and the website: https://diversebookfinder.org/
Melissa-Sue John, mother, psychology professor, diversity expert, researcher, children’s book author, and a publisher at Lauren Simone Publishing House (www.laurensimonepubs.com), had the privilege of meeting like minded authors, illustrators, publishers, editors and librarians who are invested in increasing and promoting diverse children’s and young adult literature.
On the panel, experts were asked to share about diversity in children's literature...
Diversity refers to an inclusion of age, gender, race, color, culture, language, weight, socioeconomic status, religion, sexuality, intellect/education, weight, and ability/skills. Diversity in children’s books is important because it
Reaction to Diverse literature
Some agents, publishers, distributers, librarians, and book buyers discriminate against diverse authors because
Purchasing Diverse books
What can be done to make them easier for purchase?
#WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign initiated in 2014, founded by Ellen Oh (Korean American) and Lamar Giles (African American) has brought about a significant shift in publishing trends.
#EqualRead, founded by Taun Wright, builds broadly diverse book collections and provides teacher professional development, parent education, and author events for more identity-safe classrooms in schools. Berkeley Public Library is growing its Equal Read collection!
#1000BlackGirlBooks. Eleven-year-old Marley Dias went on a quest to collect and donate 1,000 books with a black girl as the main character. Create categories in library searches for #kidlit
Should authors not write characters that aren't their experience?
Authors desire to tell their stories and share their own experiences.