March 28, 2015

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Kid Lit Still Mostly White, but Diversity Gaining Ground


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.

Diversity Movement Gains Visibility at ALA Annual | ALA 2014

Photo by Angie Manfredi, Los Almos Public Library.

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.

Jason Low Talks Diversity with Betsy Bird | SLJ Conversations


“While some might see diverse books as limited, we have found the exact opposite is true when discovering each book’s marketing potential. We are open to trying different approaches, depending on what the book is about.” Jason Low, Publisher, Lee & Low Books NOTE: SLJ Conversations is a sponsored supplement to SLJ‘s Extra Helping newsletter. This interview was commissioned by Lee & Low.

Children’s Books: Still an All-White World?


Nancy Larrick’s landmark 1965 study on race and children’s books was supposed to have been a wake-up call. Not much has changed.

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

Pick of the Day: Parrots Over Puerto Rico

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Detailed collages depict the parrots’ lives and struggles above human activities that have altered the island’s ecosystem over the centuries.

Pick of the Day: Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet

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A powerful and uplifting biography of a 19th-century slave who was also a talented artist.

News Bites: A New Award for Authors of Color

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The New Visions Award has been announced by Tu Books, the fantasy, science fiction, and mystery imprint of Lee & Low Books. It will be given for “a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color.” The winner will get $1000 and a publication contract; an honor award winner will get $500. Children of color should be able to identify with and relate to the novel. Authors submitting a novel must include a synopsis of the story and the first three chapters (don’t send the entire manuscript) by October 30.