The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (directed by KT Horning, a WNDB team member) has been tracking diversity in books since 1985, and numbers for 2014 have sparked some hope. Click here to read more about what type of representation has increased… and what has remained stagnant.
Booksellers and authors gathered at the diversity panel at this year’s American Bookseller Association Winter Institute, and discussed what diversity really means, and how to sell diverse stories. Read some wrap-ups here and here, and make sure to check out Elizabeth Bluemle’s post on things that you can do to support diverse books.
WNDB Initiative Updates & Panel Info
Mark your calendars! The Diversity Festival will take place Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Silver Spring, Maryland!
The Walter awards announced their first ever call for submissions. Submissions are welcome for diverse authors with diverse a diverse YA novel. Guidelines are here. (deadline: November 1st, 2015)
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