Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#WeNeedDiverseBooks. It's kind of a big deal.

Just a quick note to say how proud I am of the children's lit community right about now. The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign officially starts tomorrow, and people are so excited that it's already trending. I think part of what's made it so difficult to get major publisher support behind books about underrepresented groups is that many of those books have felt like homework assignments. I love historical fiction, including historical fiction about difficult times and places, but it's not my "this is fun!" side that loves it. Having this important discussion in a casual place like Twitter adds to the sense that this topic is not all academic, not all depressing, and definitely not all about the past.

How come my Twitter feed added 30 new tweets in the time it took to write that paragraph? Oh, that's right, it's because of that crazy-popular hashtag.

(Join us. Join us. Join us.)

On a somewhat related note, hope to see many of you at NESCBWI this weekend! Even if you're all attached to your phones.

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