The 10 Percent


“Every year the Cooperative Center for Children’s Books at the University of Wisconsin reports the number of books they receive from US trade and small publishers and how many are written by authors of various backgrounds. Again, in 2010, more than 90 percent of books for children and young adults in the United States were written by white authors about white protagonists.

Hopefully this can spark more publishers to accept books about different characters and background, and spark more writers to share different stories.

If you’re an SCBWI member, you can read more about this in the current SCBWI bulletin (March/April 2012).

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