When publishing companies relentlessly try to push millions of stories about the same types of people, not only are unique narratives suppressed, but the unpublished accounts of oppressed peoples will continue to go unnoticed, unread. The young, white, virginal, cisgender girl’s narrative becomes ubiquitous, when it should be one voice among many. Read more here.
Advocates talk about the potential of kid lit to serve as both “windows” and “mirrors” — windows into life experiences of others and mirrors that reflect and affirm kids’ life experiences. When whole groups of people appear as stereotypes or not at all, all children lose out. Read more here.
The CCBC survey results demonstrate a slight uptick in the number of diverse books published in 2013-2014 in comparison to previous years, Shelley Diaz, senior editor of reviews for the School Library Journal, said. The amount is still dismal if the large racially diverse population present in the United States is taken into account, she said. Read more here.
The problem was that I spoke. I was not silent and submissive as we expect girls to be. I was loud, undeniably so, always expressing myself and demanding that I was listened to and my voice was not squashed simply because I was a girl. Read more here.
That the homogeneity of the publishing workforce matches the homogeneity of published authors and their books is no coincidence. The marginalization of writers of color is the result of very deliberate decisions made by gatekeepers within the children’s literature community—editors, agents, librarians, and reviewers. These decisions place insurmountable barriers in the path of far too many talented writers of color. Read more here.