We NEED Diverse Books! Exploring Issues of Diversity in Children’s & YA Literature

Event Information
Event Type
Continuing Education - Webinar
Event Category
Collection Development
Customer Service
Resource Sharing
CEU Hours
Event Files
Target Audience

Children's librarians, YA librarians, middle school librarians, high school librarians


It’s about time we talked about diversity in books for children and teens.

A 2012 study by the CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) revealed some startling facts:

Of the 3,600 books the Cooperative Children’s Book Center reviewed in 2012:

  • 3% were about Africans/African Americans; 1.8% were written by Africans/African Americans
  • 1.5% were about Latinos; 1.6% were written by Latinos
  • Less than 1% were about American Indians; less than 1% were written by American Indians
  • 2% were about Asian Pacifics/Asian Pacific Americans; 2.3% were written by Asian Pacifics/Asian Pacific Americans

Diversity in children’s and YA literature isn’t limited to race or ethnicity; it encompasses the inclusion of all perspectives, regardless of religious background, sexual orientation, gender, class, or disability.

Learning Objectives:
After participating in this webinar, library staff will be able to:

  • Explain why all librarians who work with children and teens should be aware of the lack diversity in children’s literature, and how this lack could be detrimental to a child’s development as a lifelong reader and learner.  
  • Adapt and modify existing programs and collection development policies to better serve children of diverse backgrounds.
  • Identify groundbreaking works of children’s and YA literature that feature or are written by people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Identify print and online resources for staying up-to-date on new and upcoming diverse children’s and YA titles.
Registration Information


Register online by using the link below.

Registration opens at 9 AM on Wednesday, September 25.