Nearly 80 percent of publishing and review journal staff is white, according to the 2015 “Diversity Baseline Survey.” The under-representation of African Americans in the book industry mirrors a trend among children’s book authors, says survey creator Jason Low.
From evil hummingbirds and odd picture book cameos, to how things stand on diversity, Betsy Bird considers where we are and where children’s books might be headed in 2016.
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Is there a correlation between the Common Core recommended reading lists and challenges to diverse books? Emily Knox, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is planning a related study.
Children’s books with significant African or African American content nearly doubled in 2014, according to new data from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There was also a slight uptick in publications featuring Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content.
Kathleen T. Horning, the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award.
Some me stuff to start us off. NYPL turned its handy dandy little 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014 list into an interactive bit of gorgeousness. So as to help it along, I wrote a blog post on the library’s website (I have two blogs, if you want to get technical about it, but […]
Acclaimed children’s book author Lemony Snicket’s The Dark, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, is the winner of the 17th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding picture book writing, given by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.
From social media to publishing industry-led initiatives, the call for diversity in children’s and young adult literature has steadily grown into a loud roar in the past months. As part of School Library Journal’s SummerTeen virtual conference, the “Embracing Diversity” panel featuring Karen Arthurton, Jonathan Friesen, James Klise, and Amanda Sun, led to a lively and ongoing conversation about the importance of not only publishing books for kids by and about diverse people, but also getting them in the hands of readers. SLJ spoke to industry professionals who are raising awareness on the need for different perspectives in young adult books, and compiled a list of resources to find these titles.
Publisher Kane Miller is cosponsoring a nonfiction writing contest for budding poets. Educators can enter the “Pin It to Win It” MathMovesU sweepstakes via Pinterest. From September 17, 2013 through March 24, 2014, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, is featuring the artwork from Carle’s new picture book, Friends. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has announced the finalists for its seven major children’s book awards.