New York, NY – July 17, 2018 – The CBC Diversity Committee is proud to announce the launch of the CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Awards program. These awards will be given annually, beginning in fall 2018, to professionals in the children’s publishing industry who are making or have made a significant impact on diversity in book creation and/or employment practices. Qualifications for the award include but are not limited to: the publishing and marketing of diverse books, diversity in hiring and mentoring, and efforts that create greater awareness with the public about the importance of diverse voices.
From July 30 to August 17, employees of any children’s publishing house can nominate individuals or groups in the industry, along with a description of the reasons for their nomination. An online form will be distributed by email and be available on the CBC website. All the nominations will be read by the members of the CBC Diversity Committee, who will choose three-to-five winners to be announced at the CBC Annual Meeting on September 27. The award winners will each get to select an organization of their choice to receive one thousand dollars’ worth of children’s books in their name.
About CBC Diversity
CBC Diversity is dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and experiences contributing to children’s and young adult literature — encouraging diversity of race, gender, geographical origin, sexual orientation, and class among both the creators of and the topics addressed by children’s literature. The CBC Diversity Committee organizes events with guest speakers and roundtable discussions, contributes to the CBC Diversity website and monthly newsletter, and formulates ways to expand the CBC Diversity initiative further.
About the Children’s Book Council (CBC)
The Children’s Book Council is the nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America. The CBC offers all member individuals and companies the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with other national organizations. Key committees include the CBC Diversity Committee, Early Career Committee, the Forum Committee, and Graphic Novel Committee. The CBC is proud to partner with other national organizations on co-sponsored reading lists, educational programming, and literacy initiatives, including all the programs of Every Child a Reader.
Shifa Kapadwala, Publicity Manager, Children’s Book Council, Shifa.Kapadwala@cbcbooks.org