I'm with the Rejectionist, are you? Go on over there and leave a comment with your support (or y'know you could just leave a comment here, that works too, haha). No retreat, no surrender. We have to keep fighting and speaking out. For my part, I encourage people to join two Facebook groups, Don't Publish A Book With An Inaccurate Cover and Readers Against
WhiteWashing. Another thing I want to do (besides reading/reviewing/emailing/commenting/buying YA/MG books about POC) is figure out which publishing companies have the most diverse selections of YA/MG books. I'm going to start labeling my reviews with the publishing houses so people can see the results for themselves. I'll have to go back and label all my old reviews. Not only should we call out the companies that don't do a good job, but we should praise and support those who do. Doret got the ball rolling by praising Simon & Schuster. I'd love to see who everyone thinks the best publishing company is going to be. My top three guesses are (and I haven't started tallying them up yet so this is a complete guess); Random House, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. I think Little & Brown and Putnam will put in a decent showing. I'm really curious to see what the results will be, but I need some help. Not only am I going to look at my old reviews, but I'm also going to look at 2009-2010 book catalogues, how many POC are on the cover and how well the book is promoted. I need help identifying the major publishing companies that I should research. Here' s the companies (in random order) I'm considering (agree? disagree? leave a comment). Remember, I'm only looking at MG/YA.
ETA 1/28/10: I'm so bad with remembering that publishers have many different divisions! Ok I've fixed it. Also, in March I will be spotlighting the smaller, indie publishing companies. I can't figure out if Scholastic is an imprint of Harper Collins? I didn't think it was. Anyone know for sure?
1. Random House
2. Harper Collins
3. Simon & Schuster
8. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Also, if you're a librarian or bookseller, please vote in this poll (actually it's on the sidebar but read the post for more information). The poll asks how often YA/MG books with POC faces on them sells or gets checked out. I'm really interested in reading the results, you have 2 days left to vote!
Finally, at Read Roger there's a post about Who Will Read about Whom? Check it out and Neesha Meminger's response.
Oh and I thought this was a really interesting discussion over at Fledging. It's about What is Street Lit? I recommend everyone read it, especially if you think every African American book is street lit. Yes, you would be wrong.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming :)
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme started by Jill. It's when we book lovers share what books we can't wait to be released. This week I'm waiting on....
The Clone Codes by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick McKissack and John McKissack.
Release Date: Feb. 1, 2010
The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances, cyborgs and clones are treated no better than slaves, and an underground abolitionist movement is fighting for freedom. Thirteen-year-old Leanna's entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement.
After her mother's arrest for treason, Leanna must escape as she is chased by a ruthless bounty hunter. Soon Leanna finds herself living among the Firsts, and nothing will ever be the same again. But what does The World Federation want with the daughter of a traitor? So much is uncertain. Danger hides everywhere. Fear takes over. With help from unlikely sources, Leanna learns the origin of The Liberty Bell Movement and how its members may have answers about her past-and her new reality.
As family secrets are revealed, Leanna must face startling truths about self-identity and freedom. Through time travel, advanced technologies, and artificial intelligence, this exhilarating adventure asks what it means to be human and explores the sacrifices an entire society will make to find out.
-I'm pretty sure this is MG and it sounds really good especially the whole cyborg and clones treated as slaves and the underground abolitionist movement. And I love the little end line "what it means to be human and explores the sacrifices an entire society will make to find out." I'm curious do authors come up with the tag lines and their book summaries or do editors or someone else? I think it's really cool how the book is a family effort (mother, father, son)
PS Speaking of MG, you have till Sunday, Jan. 31 to vote on the 100 Best Middle Grade Books. Send an email to Besty listing your top ten favorite middle grade books. And please, consider coloring it up. After all, chances are the white classics (and I don't mean classics that only white people like, I mean classics with white people as the main characters) will be on the list, but what about the classics with POC (I'm telling you right now I nominated The Watsons Go to Birmingham).