For the uninitiated, #WeNeedDiverseBook is a movement that refuses to be a trend. In response to the disparity of minorities in children's and YA literature, Ellen Oh and 21 other authors worked together to created the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that ran for 3 days in May.
We participated here on Books and Sensibility and the fact that there was going to be a panel at BookCon was one of the reasons we wanted to attend BookCon.
|So many phones went up !|
As the authors talked about how they dealt with identity in their reading lives, I found myself nodding along to some of their experiences.
Ellen Oh announced the future of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and she is in it for the long haul. Here are some of the highlights :
- #WeNeedDiverseBooks will work with NEA's Read Across America to promote diverse books and authors.
- Announcement of the second Lee and Low Books New Vision Award.
- WNDB is developing a 2016 Diversity In Children's book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Can I say how excited I am about the book festival ? D.C is in my backyard so I hope I can attend/volunteer.
If you missed the panel you can read the transcript here or listen to the audio !