A Conversation Starter about the Lack of Diversity in Young Adult Literature
I posted this on Facebook and I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts? But can we talk about the lack of diversity in books for young adults? I swear that I have read hundreds and hundreds of books since elementary school because I adore reading (um, that BookIt program in elementary & middle school was giving us the pizza hook up which led to my beautiful relationship with reading) but of those hundreds of books that I have read I can probably count on one hand how many have been either written by black authors OR had a black main character. And I'm not talking about those "Paster needs a boo" type books either. I'm talking about legit books for teens that don't involve a teenage pregnancy plot line or whatever passes as "marketable". Most YA books by black authors that I have read are either super religious OR have a tendency to have extremely graphic sexual content OR takes place during the times of slavery.
So these are my questions: 1. Where are all the books about the kids who looked like me/acted like me/talked like me? 2. How can we go about creating a market for young adult books written by black authors who feature black characters? 3. Does this bother anyone else or is it just me?