Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Race in the Industry

Publisher's Weekly recently had a post about race in the children's literature industry. The author, Elizabeth Bluemle, writes:
It is our responsibility—as people who create, produce, and distribute the lion’s share of books that reach and teach and entertain children—it is our highest calling to provide written, illustrated worlds that embrace and prioritize all children, books that resemble the playgrounds and classrooms and homes of this country and the rest of the world.

A great post to read, which features artwork from our own Kevan Atteberry, and other illustrator friends.

Another post addressing race is on She Writes. The article talks about how there is segregation among authors in bookstores. The author, The Salonniere, writes:
What's needed, of course, is a more conscious and intentional approach to diversity, not for diversity's sake, but for quality's sake.

Check out both of these posts for more on this timely issue.

1 comment:

FlyingPeg said...

Thanks for posting these two very important articles about addressing race, gender and equality in the publishing industry. They're both a must read--no matter what color, gender or background you're coming from. True diversity in the publishing industry is not just good for business, it's a matter of life and death and social justice for our children...ALL of our children.