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Increasing Diverse Representation in Books: Purpose, Publishing, and Progress



Every year in April, World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated. The day was decided by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing, and copyrighting. On their website, it’s written “Through reading and the celebration of, we can open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination.”


However, there’s still a lack of diversity in publishing and those belonging to underrepresented groups are marginalized. Since diversity in publishing statistics from notable publications have been shared, what we've learned is that from leadership positions down to the characters that are published in children’s books, there's underrepresentation of people from BIPOC groups. In today's podcast, I’ll share the importance of diversity in publishing and why diverse representation in books will always matter.