We are launching a new monthly series on the WeNeedDiverseBooks site that will explore some of the individuals in children’s book publishing who have been forerunners in the writing and promotion of diversity well before it became a buzzword in our community. While it is healthy and necessary to focus on what still needs to be accomplished and the recent progress made, it is important, as with any movement, to pay due respect to and acknowledge those who have preceded us and paved the way for our present focus and forward momentum. As we have already established, diversity encompasses a broad spectrum, and, of course, children’s books target pre-reading toddlers through to sophisticated young adult readers. Over the coming months we will celebrate some of these pioneers and maybe (re) introduce you to some old classics.
Click here to read the “Looking Back” series.