After years of writing book reviews and reading diverse books, I realized in 2015 that I had still more to say about diversity in kids’ books. I decided that a podcast was another way for me to speak with friends about where the diversity discussion was headed. As I say in my podcast introduction, it’s past time to discuss whether diversity in books is important. Our job now is to show readers where these books are, their relevance, and voice our opinions about them. It’s the intersectionality of diversity in kids’ books in which the podcast immerses itself. There are multiple layers to diversity, just as there are multiple layers to children. This is not a one book fits all movement. Diverse books are for everyone. And we need more of them.
Why do I call it The Cut? Well, it’s kinda book nerdy, but when printing modern books, they are bound and the pages are trimmed, or cut, so that they are all even or flush. Wouldn’t it be great if all kids’ books were written so the representation of characters were even?
When I was in library school I learned that information wants to be free. I believe that information in books wants to be free to represent all readers.
Transcripts of each episode can be found here.