Zetta Elliot examined:
- The difference between diversity and equity.
- What she sees as a direct correlation between the lack of diversity in people working in the children's publishing industry and the lack of diverse books published for young people.
- The importance of children being taught to be critical readers.
Sofia Quintero discussed:
- The need for children to be encouraged to read outside their experience.
- How vital it is for people to see themselves reflected on book covers.
- An excercise she conducted with students from the Bronx about unconscious stereotyping and book covers.
Connie Hsu shared about:
- How diverse books and authors get marginalized and placed in a "niche".
- Her own experience growing up as a first-generation Asian-American in a rural Alabama town and how race, culture, and socioeconomic status can help or hinder people going into publishing.
- Editors' concern that reviewers will heavily scrutinize diverse books.
It sounds like it was an excellent panel and we hope to see more like it in the future. You can find the pages we've linked to in this post below. If you are interested in diversity and the state of children's book publishing we'd encourage you to visit the links for more about what was discussed at the NYPL panel.
CBC Diversity: NYPL Diversity Panel Recap by Connie Hsu
NYPL Diversity Panel Graphics by Zetta Elliot
See What We Saw by Zetta Elliot
SLJ: Kid Lit Authors Discuss Diversity at NYPL
We Love Children's Books: NYPL Panel Discusses and the State of Children's Books
Did you attend the event? Have any thoughts about what you've read? Let us know below in the comments!