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CBC Diversity Committee

CBC Diversity Committee

Advocating for an inclusive and representative children’s publishing industry.

The CBC Diversity Committee 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. As part of this effort, the CBC Diversity Committee  works with organizations such as We Need Diverse Books, Brown Bookshelf, and Futures & Options to further spread knowledge about current events in the children’s book industry as well as showcase the opportunities available for emerging talent. It also coordinates with industry professionals for blog posts on the CBC site and for Multicultural Book Day.

The CBC Diversity Committee Anti-Racist Book list and other Black Lives Matter resources can be found here.

CBC MEMBERS: watch exclusive videos of previous CBC Diversity events.

2020 Committee Members

Elizabeth Agyemang, Editorial Assistant, HMH Books for Young Readers

Karina Granda, Associate Art Director, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Trisha de Guzman, Associate Editor, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s Books

Ryan Mita, Membership Manager & CBC Liaison

Vaishali Nayak, Middle Grade Marketing Manager, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Olivia Ngai, Editor, West Margin Press

Talisa Ramos, Sales Coordinator, Penguin Young Readers

Sawako Shirota, Library Marketing Coordinator, Candlewick Press

Jordan Standridge, Marketing Associate, Charlesbridge

Sydney Tillman, Publicist, Scholastic

Phoebe Yeh, VP & Publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books


Only employees of member publishers are invited to serve on the CBC’s vibrant committees. Are you a CBC member interested in joining a committee? Email Shaina.Birkhead@cbcbooks.org.


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