You know we're book lovers -- that's obvious. But we also think the book world has room for improvement, especially in the area of diversity. Finding yourself and stories that reflect your own life in books is one of the key ways that everyone processes and understands the journey of growing up. But what if there were no one like you in the books you found?
That's the case for a lot of people of color and in the LGBTQ communities, and it's not right. In June of 2013, multicultural publisher Lee and Low Books put together a graphic illustrating that although 37% of the population of the United States are people of color, only 10% of children’s books published contained multicultural content. Lame!
So what can we do to change this? There's a movement called We Need Diverse Books, and here's how to support it: 1. Request diverse books at your local library and bookstore. Make sure your booksellers and librarians know that you want to read about people from various backgrounds. 2. Join the Twitter activism with #WeNeedDiverseBooks -- the conversation is buzzing daily (onTumblr too). 3. Support the indiegogo campaign (video above, starring favorite authors like John Green, Matt de la Peña and Jacqueline Woodson) to help keep the movement growing.
One Founder of the movement, author Ellen Oh, explained to NPR, "We need the representation, but we also need white kids to read about us, to recognize us, and not push us off into the other...not to think of us as exotic or being so very different." Follow the hashtag and the tumblr to hear some powerful stories.