With perfect timing, a new campaign is rolling out this week on May 1st in an attempt to connect people concerned with diversity in books across platforms. They ask participants to take a picture of themselves or a friend holding a sign that says “we need diverse books because _____” with a personal filling in the blank. They hope to get the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks to trend on Twitter and Tumblr to bring attention to the problem.
People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities are highly under-represented in Young Adult literature by both characters and authorship. The blog Diversity in YA analyzes how the young adult books on Publishers Weekly’s 2013 best seller list hold up with there diversity representation. Over all, the results show that representation is still as low as it was in 2012.