S266. We Need Diverse Books: Celebrating Children's Literature

Room 208AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


From picture books and middle grade to young adult, these books and their authors deserve the same respect given to books written for adults. Many think writing children's books is easy, when it is as challenging and complex as children themselves. We Need Diverse Books aims to set the record straight in this discussion.



Ellen Oh is cofounder, President, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a former attorney, and adjunct college instructor. She is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy, The Prophecy Series, and the forthcoming MG novel, The Spirit Hunters.

Heidi Heilig is a mixed-race bipolar author and musical theatre writer. Her debut novel, The Girl from Everywhere, features diverse main characters. This debut was her first stab at a novel, though she's written musicals including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole.

Dhonielle J. Clayton is the cofounder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company with a decidedly diverse bent. She is the coauthor of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces with Sona Charaipotra, and the author of The Belles. She is COO of We Need Diverse Books.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the author of the YA novels Gringolandia, Rogue, and Surviving Santiago, and a translator from Portuguese and Spanish to English. She has an MFA in writing from VCFA. The former editor of MultiCultural Review, she reviews books on social justice themes for the Pirate Tree.


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