Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has announced the launch of a new picture book prize, the Little, Brown Emerging Artist Awards, recognizing illustrators who represent diverse stories and themes.The inaugural prize will be judged by Caldecott Medalist and Caldecott Honor artist Jerry Pinkney along with members of the Little, Brown editorial team.
Diversity is, in fact, the keynote of the initiative. The publisher expects qualifying submissions to draw from this country’s rich cultural experiences, manifested in character, theme, setting, or plot. Diversity also extends to the inclusion of characters of unrepresented ethnicity, religious belief, gender identity, class, and mental or physical disability. (Publishers Weekly)