November 18, 2017

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Book Publishing—from Executives to Reviewers—Is White and Female, Survey Finds

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.

Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB Award; “Selma for Students” | News Bites

Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB’s Publisher of the Year Award; Paramount will give a “Selma” DVD to all U.S. high schools; ParentSquare CEO receives Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award; and more industry news.

Survey Seeks to Shed Light on Publisher Diversity

Lee & Low Books has launched a “Diversity Baseline Survey” on the children’s book publishing industry. To date, 11 publishers and four review journals have committed to participate.

The 2015 Youth Media Awards: A Crossover Year for Diversity

Librarian and critic Nina Lindsay unpacks the 2015 Youth Media Awards. Diversity was the hallmark of this year’s top honors in children’s literature, pushing boundaries of content, form, and style. Is this a harbinger of real change?

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Diversity Movement Gains Visibility at ALA Annual | ALA 2014

Addressing the groundswell of support for more diverse children’s literature, Lee & Low publisher Jason Low spoke at the ALA Annual Conference about where the movement is now and what still needs to happen.

Fusenews: “What’s the matter with kids today?” – with apologies to Bye, Bye, Birdie

Giving birth!  All the kids are doing it these days.  And you know what giving birth means, right?  It means having a little extra time to blog and get my non-work related projects done.  Though, naturally, I wrote 50% of this post a day ago and then must have failed to save the darn thing.  […]

The Publishing Perspective on Diversity

The book community reflects on the issues, successes, and trends in addressing diversity in books for children and YA.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.