"Where's the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?" -YA author Matt de la Peña
Authors and publishers agree: stories with non-white protagonists are shamefully rare in books written for teens. The lack of diversity in YA fiction is not just about a lack of multicultural characters and books, but also reflected in the dearth of writers of color. So what can be done to ensure the publication of more diverse stories? In this article from CNN, Matt de la Peña, a Mexican-American author and teacher, discusses how the lack of characters that looked like him in books he read as a teenager made it seem like publishing his own stories was not a possibility--and how that all changed. Read more here.
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