But what are we as authors, illustrators, parents, and teachers going to do to make that change?
Many times people don’t buy diverse books, because they lack the awareness. I decided to help this change by making the writing community more aware.
I am Jewish, and I write Jewish picture books. However, I also taught in Detroit, and I also write African American chapter books. I believe because of my experience, I have the unique perspective of understanding two communities. I observe how both communities can lack an understanding of each other. Not because of hate, but because of just living divided.
The way to end ignorance is with knowledge. Let’s help promote and discuss new authors. I call it MISSING VOICE because I want it to mean more than just race, but also include religion, and little known historical facts and people.
Here's how to participate:
2) Read the Book of the Month. October’s book is COLORS OF THE WIND The story of the Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza. By J.L. Powers. Paintings by George Mendoza.
3) Comment on the questions asked. There are no “right” answers. Let’s just talk about books.
4) Opportunity to live chat with the author at the end of the month. (Google + Hangout or Twitter—depending on the author.)
Please join and let your voice be heard!
Lisa Rose lives near Detroit, Michigan with her husband and daughter. She likes to swim, practice yoga, and eat ice cream, but not at the same time.
She has two e-books published with MeeGenius OH NO! THE EASTER BUNNY IS ALLERGIC TO EGGS! and THE TOOTH FAIRY BROKE HER WING!
In 2016, the picture books SHUMLIK PAINTS THE TOWN and THE HUNGRY LATKE MONSTER will be published by Kar-Ben Publishing.
You can learn more about her and her work by following Lisa’s blog www.lisarosewrites.wordpress.com. Also you can follow her on twitter @lisarosewrites.
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators sponsors an annual award and grant to promote diversity in children's books. For more information, please visit:
Emerging Voices Award - Established with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books.
Multi-Cultural Work-in-Progress Grant - To assist children’s book writers in the completion of a manuscript that features a voice traditionally underrepresented in children's books.
If you're aware of other resources, please share in the comments.