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Diversity in kids' books campaign goes viral after BookCon uproar
Diversity in kids' books campaign goes viral after BookCon uproar

BookCon is a readers’ convention organized by Book Expo America for this month in New York. When BookCon organizers announced an all-star line up of children’s writers-- including Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, Rick Riordan and Lemony Snicket -- they inadvertently provoked an uproar. All 30 writers (and the one cat invited) were white. “There are more cats than people of color scheduled” for BookCon, Jeff O’Neal, the founder of the website BookRiot, wrote soon afterward. In response, a group of 22 authors, publishers and bloggers launched a We Need Diverse Books campaign. “Now is the time to raise our voices into a roar that can’t be...

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