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Diversity Solutions with Brandy Colbert

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Welcome to the latest installment of Diversity Solutions! The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is going strong, prompting BookCon to create a diversity panel and First Book to expand its 2013 pledge to purchase diverse books

The momentum for diversity is building, but the fight to raise awareness isn't over.  Today we have Brandy Colbert here to discuss the need for diversity in YA and how we can achieve it.

Brandy Colbert's debut is the YA contemporary Pointe, the story of a girl who knows more than she's telling about her best friend's kidnapping case.  Brandy has also worked as an editor for several national magazines and as a copy editor.

Hi Brandy! Thanks so much for taking the time to discuss the hot topic of diversity in kid lit!

Please tell us a little bit about POINTE. What inspired your character, Theo?

POINTE is about a gifted ballet dancer whose best friend is returned home after being kidnapped four years earlier; her life begins to unravel once she realizes…

Diversity Solutions with Jessica Martinez

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Hi all, and welcome to the latest installment of Diversity Solutions! The cry for more diversity in kid lit has been growing with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign kicked off last week.  Today we have author Jessica Martinez with us to discuss how we can achieve the change we need.

Jessica Martinez is the author of The Vow, a YA contemporary about two friends who decide to get married so that the boy won't have to return to his home country.  She has also written The Space Between Us and Virtuosity.  Her upcoming YA thriller, Kiss Kill Vanish, will be released in October 2014 by Katherine Tegan Books.

Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for joining to discuss the state of diversity in publishing today!

First, tell us a little bit about your upcoming novel, KISS KILL VANISH. What inspired your character, Valentina Cruz?

KISS KILL VANISH is about a girl who witnesses a murder—carried out by her boyfriend, ordered by her father. Horrified, she realizes that nothing in her life is as it seems, …

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign, Day 2!

Join the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr!

#WeNeedDiverseBooks because my honey-bunny loves books but they should love her too! pic.twitter.com/GgaOQi5MP3
— Maya Prasad (@mayaprasadwrite) May 2, 2014


#WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

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I'm so excited about the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign that was kicked off today! Here's my submission:


That's my daughter sitting next to me, acting very engrossed with Pointe by Brandy Colbert.  I feel certain that there will be more diverse books by the time she's reading YA, but it's not going to happen unless we take action.  In the meantime, I'm seeking diverse picture books to read to her!

Another reason I personally think this campaign is important:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks because instilling a better understanding of the world in our children will lead to better leaders tomorrow.
— Maya Prasad (@mayaprasadwrite) April 30, 2014


Check out more pics from people all over passionate about diversity on the We Need Diverse Books tumblr page!