Even though I don’t have a Tumblr account, I totally support this article and this cause.
Last week I received a Twitter DM from Young Adult author Ellen Oh, the brilliant woman behind the even more brilliant We Need Diverse Books campaign. If you don’t know about We Need Diverse Books, put very simply, it’s a grassroots campaign to diversify our bookshelves. Their mission statement provides more detail:
We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality.
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.
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