What does it look like when people take to Twitter to show the organizers of BookCon, the main trade show for U.S. booksellers, that readers DO want diverse books? Well, like this:
Several days ago, young adult author Ellen Oh gathered up a group of novelists, publishers and bloggers (including myself and BlogHer Publishing Network member Aisha Saeed) to dispel the notion that books featuring people of color, LBTQ or disabled characters don't sell. As part of the campaign, organizers asked people to tweet photos of themselves holding signs reading "We need diverse books because..."
None of us expected the level of the outpouring of support. Today, in less than two hours, the tag #WeNeedDiverseBooks generated over 40,000 tweets, many of them with pictures that will melt your heart. Click on the next page to see...
NEXT========>Here are some children's book authors and other organizers of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign
NEXT========>Can't have a slideshow without cute babies and kids. The Oakland Public Library handed out signs to its patrons and flooded the Twitter stream with photos.
NEXT========>Some really famous authors joined in the Twitter chat
#WeNeedDiverseBooks bc fiction is where we find heroes who are like us to identify w/, & different from us, 2 make the world a better place.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks because boys like Park Sheridan should never, ever feel alone.
NEXT========>And some bloggers you may know also posted their thoughts
#WeNeedDiverseBooks because growing up bisexual was confusing as hell. I would have killed for access to a book that told me it was okay.
Because everybody has a story to tell and a voice to share #WeNeedDiverseBooks
#WeNeedDiverseBooks because come on y'all, it's beyond ridiculous
The social media campaign continues through Saturday, and organizers are encouraging people to show their support of diverse literature by buying multicultural and other marginalized authors during this time period. Check out the We Need Diverse Books Tumblr for more details.
News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs about raising an Asian mixed-race family at HapaMama.
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