Thursday, January 17, 2013

CBC Diversity at ALA Midwinter

For all of our librarian followers, we have a special treat for you! 

CBC Diversity will be making an appearance at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, WA on Sunday, January 27th, 2013 from 3-4PM. We will be holding an informational session about the initiative and all the resources it offers librarians. Not only will the session showcase valuable information about the initiative and how the publishing industry is handling the current state of diversity in children's books but, it will also allow the librarian-filled audience to ask questions and give advice to the representatives about the future of CBC Diversity.

The session speakers are:

  • Alvina Ling, Executive Editorial Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    In her role at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Alvina has done her best to bring diverse authors and books to the list. Some of the authors and illustrators she has worked with are Grace Lin, Bryan Collier, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Ed Young, Jenny Han, Libba Bray, Laini Taylor, Justina Chen, Holly Black, Wendy Mass, Diana Lopez, and Chris Colfer. Alvina is the current chair of the CBC Diversity Committee.

  • Ayanna Coleman, Children's Book Council Events Associate & Librarian

    As the Events Associate & Librarian, Ayanna plans educational programming for CBC member publishers; coordinates all of Walter Dean Myers's appearances as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; cares for the CBC’s non-circulating library, a collection that contains all past and present Newbery and Caldecott winners and honorees and boasts one of the most comprehensive assemblies of children’s books published in the last year; and has the pleasure of acting as liaison for the CBC Diversity Committee.

Check out the flyer below for all of the relevant information and we hope to see you there!

1 comment:

  1. Glad to learn you'll be there and seeking advice from librarians.

    As a librarian-to-be, I think the Committee must revisit the books it features on its Bookshelf. Some, like O'Dell's ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS (published in 1960), are a product of a time prior to when we gave critical thought to depictions of people of color, accuracy of information, and the like. Newer books, like I AM APACHE (2009) and STARFISH (2010) are fraught with stereotypes.

    Some details here: