From a Joint Discussion, Belonging to Everyone: Diversity in Children’s and YA Literature

Here’s a post I wrote on my newly migrated WordPress version of Writing With a Broken Tusk. It came from the recent discussions on CCBC-NET in which several VCFA alums played an active part.

Uma Krishnaswami

Thank you to CCBC-Net for hosting a month-long discussion on diversity. It was heated at times; it touched nerves. It also gave us the chance to discuss two amazing new titles by Native American writers: If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth, and How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle.  

In the end, CCBC member Sarah Hamburg brought it all together by developing a list of personal and professional actions in the cause of diversity on the bookshelf. Asked if the list could be forwarded broadly, Sarah said: “It comes from a joint discussion. It belongs to everyone.” That seems a good way to send this list on its way. Here it is, reposted by permission of Sarah Hamburg and with thanks to CCBC-Net. 

  • Many of the ideas focused on personal activism: actively buying books representing a diverse range of voices; committing to…

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4 responses to “From a Joint Discussion, Belonging to Everyone: Diversity in Children’s and YA Literature

  1. Martine Leavitt

    Your knowledge on this topic is truly inspiring, Uma. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. That’s just it, Martine. This isn’t my knowledge at all, it’s from that month-long discussion and it belongs to everybody who took part and now to everyone who reads this post.

  3. Martine Leavitt

    Yes, but knowing it’s out there, that the discussion is happening, is half the battle! I had no idea, and I’m grateful you shared it.

  4. Thank you, Martine! Another house that’s up there with Lee & Low in advancing this conversation in Canada, the US, and internationally, is of course Groundwood/House of Anansi (your publisher and mine, I’m proud to say). Patsy Aldana was one of the pioneers in launching this conversation on many, many fronts.

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