Whitewashing Book Covers: A Trip to Barnes & Noble Part II

Over the course of the last academic year, I co-taught a year-long unit that allowed a sixth-grade class to explore prejudices in books and the book industry. After studying how book covers and content can marginalize groups (we studied treatments of race, ethnicity, gender, body image, sexuality, class, ability, and more), we took a field trip to Barnes & Noble—by far my favorite piece of the project. The kids exited the store with steam issuing from their ears.

Whitewashing Book Covers: What Do Kids Think? Part I

In my first year as Children’s Librarian at Bank Street, I worked with two teachers on a project that allowed sixth-graders to explore implicit and explicit biases in publishing. Using book covers as a starting point for discussion, we engaged in conversations about identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, body image, class, and ability as they relate to books and beyond.

ALA Recap: Lee & Low and Cinco Puntos Discuss Multicultural Publishing

A recap of the ALA Book Buzz discussion with Lee and Low Books and Cinco Puntos Press about multicultural publishing.

Tu Books Announces Winner of First Annual New Visions Contest for Writers of Color

[from the press release] New York, NY—April 11, 2013—Tu Books, the science fiction, fantasy, and mystery imprint of respected multicultural children’s publisher LEE & LOW BOOKS, is thrilled to announce that author Valynne Maetani has won its first annual New Visions Award for her young adult mystery novel, Remnants of the Rising Sun. The New […]

Anna May Wong and Women of Color in Hollywood Today

Author and TV writer/producer Paula Yoo reflects on how Anna May Wong paved the way for women of color in Hollywood today.

Cover Design 101: The cover of Awakening

We’re getting close to the release of Awakening, the upcoming sequel to the YA science fiction dystopia Tankborn from our Tu Books imprint! Awakening continues the story of Kayla and Mishalla, two teen GENs (genetically engineered nonhumans) fighting for freedom and equality:   Last week, we were lucky to get some help revealing the cover of […]

Happy Friday, Happy Developments

A lot of the time, discussions about diversity, racial equality, and pop culture can be disheartening. A quick look at Racebending or Racialicious is a good reminder of how far we still have to go when it comes to respecting all cultures, especially in the media. But sometimes, good things happen. People and companies take […]

This Week in Diversity: Conferences, Movies, and Visualizing the World

October’s a busy time of year for conferences! At the New England Independent Bookseller’s Association conference, they had a panel on Selling Color in a White World. Our own Stacy Whitman of Tu Books participated—though, due to subway flooding, she joined the discussion via phone. Author Mitali Perkins and bookseller Elizabeth Bluemle shared their experiences […]

A is for (Amazing) Anansi

    Zetta Elliott asked some important questions about issues of identity & representation, and who has the power and right to tell stories. She also asked what kind of progress has been made when most books featuring African Americans still focus on historical/civil rights subjects. How do those books shape the identities of today’s […]

This Week in Diversity: Appearance

Greetings on another Friday afternoon! Steph Su Reads starts us out with Why I Want More Asians on YA Book Covers: My Experience with Racism, in which she shares a personal experience with racism and her dismay over the revised cover of Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix. Guest blogging at Feministe, Shani Hilton talks about her […]

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