Something to consider both when writing, and reading.
Like every other industry, publishing needs to up its game in terms of its diversity. This isn’t a simple issue of, say, publishing more books with a black girl on the cover; it is a deep-rooted, systemic issue that must be dealt with at every level. Publishers, marketers, authors, readers, teachers – everyone has to make a conscious effort to examine their (unconscious) biases, expand their worldviews and give different voices a chance and a platform. They all have a responsibility to these works and their potential audiences – the responsibility of any content creator – because authors are not the only ones telling the stories.
In 2015 Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in America, conducted a major study of staff diversity in publishing. The Diversity Baseline Survey was established under the premise of needing to understand a problem before it can be solved…
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