This April, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign sprang out of the controversy surrounding BookCon’s lack of diversity in guest speakers and panelists, generating a powerful movement.
In January of 2012, the Children’s Book Council was approached by Diversity in Books (DIBs) — a group of brilliant children’s book editors committed to promoting diversity in both the creators of and the topics addressed by children’s literature. With the aim of rallying the publishing industry — and beyond — around that mission by harnessing the children’s-book-community-unifying power of the CBC, DIBs evolved into CBC Diversity.
Over the last 2-and-a-half years, CBC Diversity has curated resources and generated critical discussion at CBCDiversity.com; hosted an array of educational opportunities and events, from industry panel discussions to college career fairs; built a Goodreads bookshelf comprised of thousands of diverse titles; maintained a Pinterest board and the #CBCDiversity hashtag on Twitter highlighting diverse content, and forged strong partnerships and programming with other national organizations committed to diversity.
We hope you’ll take a moment to review the initiative’s progress over the last few years below, share your thoughts on our brief survey, and join us in advocating for an inclusive and representative children’s book publishing industry.
The CBC Diversity initiative has hosted a website dedicated to diversity in children’s publishing at CBCDiversity.com for over 2.5 years, providing:
Curated resources for writers, teachers & librarians, publishing professionals, and parents & caregivers; personal journey stories from publishing staffers about surmounting obstacles to diversity; guest posts from renowned children’s book authors, illustrators, and experts; and more.
Dedicated Series Over the years, the site has hosted themed series that highlight the unique experiences and insight of a variety of voices within the industry.
Since CBC Diversity’s launch in January 2012, the initiative has hosted a variety of events designed to:
Give publishing staffers the opportunity to speak candidly about diversity and problem-solve collaboratively in a supportive environment; provide actionable takeaways for increasing diversity in all stages and departments of children’s publishing; expose diverse groups of young people to opportunities in the industry; and much more.
CBC Diversity maintains a Goodreads bookshelf of front and backlist titles published by CBC members in order to raise awareness of the diversity-friendly content already in existence.
Over 2,000 books are now in the system, catalogued by 65 categories including: “author-of-color”, “spanish-language”, “single-parent-families”, “mythology” and more. Visit CBC Diversity’s Goodreads here.
A call for submissions from our member publishers is sent out four times a year to keep our list of representative titles current.
CBC-member publishers: look for the call in your inboxes next week!