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Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care about diversity, there is still a disconnect. BEA’s Bookcon recently announced an all-white-male panel of “luminaries of children’s literature,” and when we pointed out the lack of diversity, nothing changed.

Now is the time to raise our voices into a roar that can’t be ignored. Here’s how:

On May 1st at 1pm (EST), there will be a public call for action that will spread over 3 days. We’re starting with a visual social media campaign using the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We want people to tweet, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, blog, and post anywhere they can to help make the hashtag go viral.

Learn more at weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com

May 1st is not here yet but there already many interesting posts at the Tumblr linked above and on Twitter using the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag.

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

And finally… THIS!

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Updates from overnight 4/29 into 4/30

You can now follow the @diversebooks account on Twitter were many of the comments are being shared.