Monday, May 5, 2014

The Fall Fourteeners Support #WeNeedDiverseBooks

The campaign for diversity in YA literature is growing. We of the Fall Fourteeners say: amen, and it’s about time!

Looking at our self-portraits below, the word “diversity” might not instantly spring to mind.

But hold on there.

Our group includes gay members. Members with biracial and non-white children. Members with disabilities. Diversity isn’t always something you can see.

We’re not saying this to try to prove ourselves, much less to jump on some kind of diversity bandwagon. We’re saying it because diversity is a fact of life, and should be—to a far greater extent than it is—a fact of YA literature.

We join and support the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement because we believe it’s a watershed moment in our cultural history, and we’re both proud and awed to be part of it.

Joshua David Bellin

Kate Boorman

Jaye Robin Brown

Amy Finnegan

Joy N. Hensley

Kendall Kulper

Kristen Lippert-Martin

Lisa Maxwell

Kat Ross

Sarah J. Schmitt

Shallee McArthur

1 comment:

  1. I loved this post, everyone! I'm happy that we're making our own statement about the importance of diverse books!!