New England booksellers, publishers and publisher representatives are encouraged to nominate titles for the 2017 NECBA (New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council ) Windows and Mirrors Project, an annual list of new children’s and young adult titles that feature diversity.
Committee member Zazu Galdos from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, MA, says nominations will be accepted through this online form through June 30. Submissions, which may include paperbacks, should be children’s books published in 2017 that exemplify diverse viewpoints, experiences, and identities.
According to the form:
Following We Need Diverse Books, we use this definition of diversity: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
* We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
From the nominations, the NECBA Windows & Mirrors committee will select 6-10 books for the short list. NECBA selected short and long lists will be announced during the 2017 NEIBA Fall Conference.