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WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS CAMPAIGN

WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS CAMPAIGN | #WeNeedDiverseBooks: Taking on the Publishing Industry | Scoop.it
Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care about diversity, there is still a disconnect. BEA’s Bookcon recently announced an all-white-male panel of “luminaries of children’s literature,” and when we pointed out the lack of diversity, nothing changed.



Now is the time to raise our voices into a roar that can’t be ignored. Here’s how:



On May 1st at 1pm (EST), there will be a public call for action that will spread over 3 days. We’re starting with a visual social media campaign using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We want people to tweet, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, blog, and post anywhere they can to help make the hashtag go viral.



For the visual part of the campaign: 




Take a photo holding a sign that says “We need diverse books because ___________________________.” Fill in the blank with an important, poignant, funny, and/or personal reason why this campaign is important to you. 


The photo can be of you or a friend or anyone who wants to support diversity in kids’ lit. It can be a photo of the sign without you if you would prefer not to be in a picture. Be as creative as you want! Pose the sign with your favorite stuffed animal or at your favorite library. Get a bunch of friends to hold a bunch of signs. 


However you want to do it, we want to share it! There will be a Tumblr at http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/ that will host all of the photos and messages for the campaign. Please submit your visual component by May 1st to weneeddiversebooks@yahoo.com with the subject line “photo” or submit it right on our Tumblr page here and it will be posted throughout the first day. 


Starting at 1:00PM (EST) the Tumblr will start posting and it will be your job to reblog, tweet, Facebook, or share wherever you think will help get the word out. 


The intent is that from 1pm EST to 3pm EST, there will be a nonstop hashtag party to spread the word. We hope that we’ll get enough people to participate to make the hashtag trend and grab the notice of more media outlets.


The Tumblr will continue to be active throughout the length of the campaign, and for however long we need to keep this discussion going, so we welcome everyone to keep emailing or sending in submissions even after May 1st.






On May 2nd, the second part of our campaign will roll out with a Twitter chat scheduled for 2pm (EST) using the same hashtag. Please use #WeNeedDiverseBooks at 2pm on May 2nd and share your thoughts on the issues with diversity in literature and why diversity matters to you.



On May 3rd, 2pm (EST), the third portion of our campaign will begin. There will be a Diversify Your Shelves initiative to encourage people to put their money where their mouth is and buy diverse books and take photos of them. Diversify Your Shelves is all about actively seeking out diverse literature in bookstores and libraries, and there will be some fantastic giveaways for people who participate in the campaign! More details to come!



We hope that you will take part in this in any way you can. We need to spread the word far and wide so that it will trend on Twitter. So that media outlets will pick it up as a news item. So that the organizers of BEA and every big conference and festival out there gets the message that diversity is important to everyone. We hope you will help us by being a part of this movement.
Dania Khurshid's insight:

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign uses Tumblr as its primary platform. Minorites of all kinds are a large and vocal population on Tumblr, whether they be racial, sexual, gender, or differently-abled minorities in their communities. These people were the ones who launched the campaign to it's success. 

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BookCon Controversy Begets Diversity Social Media Campaign

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Authors, publishers, and bloggers kicked off a three-day social media campaign called We Need Diverse Books on May 1, to call attention to the lack of diversity in contemporary children's literature.
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The campaign was launched after the announcement of panel members to be at BookCon. BookCon is one of the largest conventions about books in the nation, and the featured author lineup was announced without inclusion of a single author of color, to collective outrage. 

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Gay? Black? Latino? Here's 21 Diverse YA Books That Need To Be Movies -- Now

Gay? Black? Latino? Here's 21 Diverse YA Books That Need To Be Movies -- Now | #WeNeedDiverseBooks: Taking on the Publishing Industry | Scoop.it
MTV News asks YA authors which diverse books need the movie treatment.
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The campaign is even being picked up by outlets like MTV, normally known for it's celebrity and pop culture news. MTV asked the ringleaders of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign what books they'd like to see turned into movies to bring diversity to the theatres as well as the shelves

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Many prolific authors picked up and pushed the campaign as well. John Green is currently in a huge spotlight as a wildly successful author of Young Adult fiction, and his endorsing the campaign brought it a large audience on Tumblr. While doing press junkets for the upcoming movie adaptation of his book The Fault In Our Stars, he also brings up the issue of diversity of YA Lit as well. 

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Are Authors Scared To Write Diverse Books?

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Recently, there's been a fantastic online campaign going on called We Need Diverse Books. You've probably seen the hashtag flying by on Twitter or the Tumblr site. So this is not a post about why we need diverse books. Of course, we need them. Desper...
Dania Khurshid's insight:

The campaign started getting a lot of traction, and therefore media attention. The Huffington Post in particular has been publishing many articles on the campaign and it's aims, and exploring why the problem of homogeneity in literature for children and young adults is such a huge problem. 

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WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS CAMPAIGN

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Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care about…




Join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign! Because it’s time for action!

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Dania Khurshid's insight:

The Diversity in YA Tumblr had been active for a year before the launch of #WeNeedDiverseBooks. The two blogs have allied since the start of the campaign, because of their shared goal of diversifying YA Literature. #WeNeedDiverseBooks gave much needed attention to the Diversity in YA blog. 

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How To Write About Transgender People

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The media doesn't have to get our stories so very wrong.
Dania Khurshid's insight:

Diversity is not limited to race, as Buzzfeed proves. The campaign launched a world wide, internet wide conversation about the meaning of diversity in literature, why it's important, and why it's important to do it right and respectfully. Most importantly, how to do it right and respectfully. 

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Tweet from @aaldef

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Here's why #WeNeedDiverseBooks for kids, and @FirstBook's market-driven solution. http://bit.ly/1v7kd6x pic.twitter.com/bFbvswQG1K
Dania Khurshid's insight:

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag also gained a significant following on Twitter, and as of this writing, is still being used every day. This tweet shows the vast discrepancy between the diversity of America's children, and the diversity in the books we're reading. 

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Jen Gagner's curator insight, October 23, 2014 7:58 PM

I think this image says it all.  We need diverse books! 

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Nicola Yoon - There’s a social media campaign going on right now...

Nicola Yoon - There’s a social media campaign going on right now... | #WeNeedDiverseBooks: Taking on the Publishing Industry | Scoop.it
There’s a social media campaign going on right now to spread the word on why we need more diversity in our books. It’s really fantastic and inspiring and I am so proud to be a part of it. You can...
Dania Khurshid's insight:

This is one of the campaign's most popular post on Tumblr. Not only does it show an interracial couple, but it shows an interracial couple that mot people don't think is common. It exemplifies the true diversity in America, and the real need for books to be appeal to all children. The message is that a half-Korean half-black child should be able to see themselves in their literature as well. 

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