The conversation was long and lively, and of course half of what I said is left out of this interview, which is nevertheless generous and so so encouraging.
So let me add a bit here. I’m part of the SCBWI-IL Diversity Community, and it’s important to us not just to populate the pages of kids’ books with more children of color, but also to boost and encourage authors and artists of color! Agents and editors of color too, for that matter–the publishing world in the USA, which I’ve worked in for most of my adult life, is still disproportionately white. We white folks should not be the only gatekeepers. And we need the voices of people of color (POC, called #ownvoices in current lingo) to inform and enrich the lives of our kids.
Also, diversity includes not just variety in skin color but also varieties of abilities and orientations.
It’s a privilege to see the many creative projects that are blooming among my fellow writers and artists! I feel so lucky to be part of the Diversity Community.
And I’m STOKED to have this introduction to Adriana’s Angels in the Tribune!