I have noticed that a lot of people have been looking closely at diversity when it comes to books being published, author panels at conferences/book festivals, and book award lists. All of these things bring important awareness to the diversity or lack their of in children’s literature.
With that being said why is it that the E.B. White picture book list is not being ridiculed? The E. B. White list is created by independent booksellers. This year’s list contains all male book creators. I would expect to see a comment like: didn’t women create great picture books in 2014?
I hope that this is because nobody noticed, but part of me feels like it is because book creators are afraid to call out the people hand selling their books. If it is the later-shame on the people fighting the battle of more diversity in kid lit.
You can’t point fingers at teacher/library organizations and give a free pass to booksellers.
If you are going to be in a part if this conversation either be all in or all out.