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. Learn more at CBC Diversity.com.

The videos of our events & programs below are available exclusively to CBC members. If you are a member and have forgotten the login, please email cbc.info@cbcbooks.org.

Not a member? Watch children’s book read-alouds, awesome book trailers, authors & illustrators at work, and more on our YouTube channel.

 

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The Science of Discrimination: A Workshop on Workplace Bias


A workshop on the science behind discrimination in the workplace, created by Perception Institute. Featuring, Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Perception institute & Rachel Godsil, Director of Research and Co-Founder, Perception Institute

 

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Second Opinion: Utilizing Sensitivity Readers




Authors, Editors, and Professional Sensitivity Readers discuss how and when a sensitivity reader should be employed to evaluate a manuscript

Moderator: Justina Ireland, Author, Vengeance Bound, owner of  Writing in the Margins

Panelists:

  • Jennifer Baker, Editor, WNDB member, Sensitivity Reader
  • Jordan Brown, Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Publishers
  • Kate Milford, Author, Greenglass House

 

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The Diversity We Don’t Talk About: Religion in the Workplace

The CBC Diversity Committee brings together publishing professionals of different faiths, along with outside experts on religion in the workplace to discuss experiences, challenges, and strategies.

Moderator: Mark Fowler, Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

Panelists:

  • Preeti Chhibber, Senior Editorial Manager, Scholastic Reading Clubs
  • Shifa Kapadwala, Publicity Assistant, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
  • Ellice M. Lee, Freelance Designer/Art Director. Incoming Associate Art Director, Penguin Young Readers Group

 

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Writing and Editing Authentic Voices

Recent campaigns such as #ownvoices suggest that it can be a problem for books featuring diverse characters and voices to be written or edited by people that do not come from that background. We have responsibility to ensure that marginalized groups are being represented with authenticity. The CBC Diversity committee has assembled a panel of authors, editors, and agents to explore this topic.

Moderator: Ashley Woodfolk, Marketing Manager, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Panelists:

  • Matt de la Peña, Author (Last Stop on Market Street, The Living)
  • Patricia McCormick, Author (Never Fall Down, I Am Malala)
  • Kate Sullivan, Senior Editor, Delacorte Press
  • Marietta Zacker, Agent, Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency

 

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Recruiting Diversity

Recent surveys by Publishers Weekly and Lee & Low Books reveal that publishing remains a homogeneous and exclusive industry. CBC Diversity has assembled a panel of Human Resource professionals to discuss the current state of diversity hiring.

Moderator: Andrea Davis Pinkney, Vice President, Executive Editor, Scholastic Trade

Panelists:

  • Joy Bertan, Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity Initiatives, Simon & Schuster
  • Lindsey Cotter, SVP, Human Resources, Scholastic
  • Kenneth Johnson, President, East Coast Executives
  • Paige McInerney, VP of Human Resources, Penguin Random House

 

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Outside Industries Capturing the Diverse Market

Our panelists from the television, film, and media industries successfully produce content that connects with diverse audiences. We explore how the publishing industry can do the same.

Moderator: Yolanda Scott, Editorial Director, Charlesbridge

Panelists:

  • Patrik Henry Bass, Editorial Projects Director, Essence Magazine
  • Tonya Lee, Chief Creator, ToniK Productions
  • Amy Tenbrink, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Univision

The panel is followed by a special presentation from First Book.

 

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The Diversity of Success: How Publishers Create Captivating Stories – BEA Panel

A book can achieve success in many different ways – earning out its advance, garnering lots of engagement, launching the author into a new age category, reaching the market it was intended for, and more. Each panelist at this BEA event (one editorial director, one marketing/publicity director, and one sales director) shared the success of a single title and how it might be applied to others.

Moderator: Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and President of Editorial Operations at Masthead Media Company

Panelists:

    • Melanie Chang, Vice President of Integrated Marketing at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
    • David Gale, Vice President & Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    • Mark von Bargen, Senior Director of Trade Sales for Children’s Books at Macmillan

 

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CBC Diversity Lunch & Learn Panel: Talking Diverse Books

This panel focused on the ins and outs of discussing diverse books with colleagues — both inside and outside the publishing house — to gain champions at every turn. The event offered a unique opportunity for CBC members to hear directly from Diversity Committee members, who shared their knowledge and experience.

Moderator: Virginia Anagnos, Executive Vice President, Goodman Media International Inc.

Panelists:

    • Faye Bi, Publicist, Simon & Schuster
    • Daniel Erhenhaft, Editorial Director, Soho Press/Soho Teen
    • Andrea Davis Pinkney, VP and Executive Editor of Trade, Scholastic
    • Mark von Bargen, Sr. Director, Trade Sales for Children’s Books, Macmillan

 

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Day of Diversity: Dialogue & Action

The Association for Library Service to Children and CBC Diversity co-hosted a Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action in Children’s Literature and Library Programming at ALA Midwinter on January 30, 2015 in Chicago.

The invitation-only event provided a forum for children’s literacy advocates to brainstorm ways of increasing diverse literature and library programming. See footage from the event below, and view the entire playlist here.

 

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CBC Diversity Lunch & Learn Sales Panel

The Diversity Committee assembled a group of sales reps to talk about what bookstores, wholesalers, and other points-of-sale are looking for in terms of diverse books.

Moderator: Angus Killick, VP, Associate Publisher, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Panelists:

  • Ray Paszkiewicz, Senior Buyer, Baker & Taylor, Inc.
  • Max Rodriguez, Founder, Harlem Book Fair
  • Nikki Mutch, New England District Sales Manager, Scholastic Inc.

 

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CBC Diversity Lunch and Learn Publicity Panel: Publicizing Your Books to a Multicultural Audience

This panel focuses on the role that publicity and the media play in promoting diverse titles and authors.

CBC Diversity brought together experts from in-house publicity departments and media representatives from major outlets to discuss how diverse titles are publicized and selected for coverage, and what steps can be taken to reach a wider audience.

Moderator: Caroline Sun, Assistant Director of Publicity, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Panelists:

  • Melanie Chang, Executive Director, Publicity & Communications, Little, Brown BFYR
  • Justine Kenin, Producer, National Public Radio
  • Sarah Smith, Children’s Book Editor, The New York Times Book Review
  • Tracy van Straaten, VP, Trade Publicity, Scholastic

 

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CBC Diversity Lunch & Learn Marketing Panel: Marketing Your Books to a Multicultural Audience

This panel illuminated the different channels available to market to kids and parents of diverse backgrounds. The prevailing thought is often, “we just can’t reach this target market”, but this panel demonstrated that these markets are accessible if one simply understands them better.

Panelists:

  • Telly Wong, IW Group, Inc.
  • Dabo Che, Spike DDB
  • Annie Shih, AdAsia Communications, Inc
  • Aaron McQuade, GLAAD

 

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CBC Diversity Lunch & Learn Book Covers Panel

To continue CBC Diversity’s online conversation about challenges to diversity in kid lit covers, the Committee hosted a panel discussion on September 25th, 2012.

Panelists:

  • Coe Booth, Author
  • Laurent Linn, Art Director, Simon & Schuster Children’s
  • Felicia Frazier, Senior VP of Sales, Penguin Young Readers
  • Elizabeth Bluemle, Owner of Flying Pig Bookstore
  • Joseph Monti, Agent at Barry Goldblatt Literary


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