Diversity is a concept with many vantage points. Here is one that is startling: In 2012, only 216 of 3,600 children’s books published in the United States were by authors and/or illustrators of color. Only 271 children’s books had significant content about people of color. That’s only 6 percent of authors and/or illustrators and less than 8 percent of content.
When CCBC Director Ginny Moore Kruse served as a member of the Coretta Scott King Award
Committee that year, we were appalled to learn that, of the approximately 2,500 trade books that
were published that year for children and teens, only 18 were created by African Americans, and
thus eligible for the Coretta Scott King Award.
In the meantime, take a look around the Committee's Goodreads booklist for some terrific book recommendations.
Also- here's a great opportunity from publisher Lee & Low Books for new children's writers of color: The winner of their New Voices Award receives a cash prize and a publishing contract. Submissions are due by September 30th.