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Diversity Initiative

Diversity Initiative

The CBC Diversity initiative advocates for an inclusive and representative children’s publishing industry and highlights diverse creators, books, resources, and articles through the CBC blog and Diversity newsletter.

The CBC Diversity initiative was founded in 2012, as part of the Children’s Book Council’s commitment to promoting diverse voices in literature for young people. We believe that all children deserve to see their world reflected in the books they read. We recognize that diversity takes on many forms, including differences in race, religion, gender, geography, sexual orientation, class, and ability.

In addition to championing diverse book creators and books, the CBC Diversity Initiative strives to open up the publishing industry to a wider range of employees through career exploration student field trips. CBC Diversity created content on the Blog and the Diversity in the News newsletter highlight creators and books as well as important articles, information and outside resources.


CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Awards

The initiative also sponsors the CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Awards. It is given annually to professionals or organizations in the children’s publishing industry who have made a significant impact on publishing diverse titles, their promotion, diversity in hiring and mentoring, plus efforts that create public awareness about the importance of diverse voices.

People and organizations are nominated by publishing professionals, booksellers, teachers, and librarians each year and winners are selected by the CBC Diversity Committee.

Check out the award winners and the videos of the events:


More About Our Resources and How to Get Involved!

Looking for more inclusive children’s books? Check out our extensive Diverse YA and Children’s Books Goodreads list for tons of books featuring diverse characters, topics, and creators! You can browse over 50 themed “bookshelves” including age range, ethnicity, and topic.

The Diversity based content is regularly contributed to the CBC Blog including exclusive author guest posts and interviews with book creators, as well as posts from diverse children’s publishing insiders. You can also find a whole bunch of useful resources in our retired Tumblr blog. Take a look!


Want updates on Diversity news in children’s publishing? Sign up for our CBC Diversity newsletter here! Featuring exclusive author/illustrator spotlights, latest blog round-ups, news around the industry, book lists and more.

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