In 2014, the #weneeddiversebooks movement was launched. Dakshana Bascaramurty reports on how the publishing industry is making progress…
Highly recommended piece:
The statistics are striking: In a 2014 analysis of 3,500 children’s books published in the United States and Canada, just 11 per cent were about non-white characters and only 8 per cent were written by non-white authors, according to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Until recently, most so-called diverse offerings were didactic explainers of non-Christian holidays or what LGBTQ publisher S. Bear Bergman sneeringly calls “very special episode” stories, in which plots can be summed up as “some people have two moms … and that’s okay” or “some people use a wheelchair … and that’s okay.”