Equity in Children’s Literature: Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Publishing Industry 2019

About This Event


Begin the hard work needed to learn about and fight for representation of culture differences in children’s books and our world.

Building cultural competency is an important first step in expanding the diversity of books and readers. An ally in the fight for cultural representation in children’s books must understand the complexities of cultural competency to foster racial equity in communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf. Writers in particular must gain tools in cultural competency before writing outside their own experiences.

What You’ll Learn

This symposium will:

Look at histories of marginalized people in children’s books.

Foster competency-building activities and discussions around key readings, including critical reviews.

Explore allyship, particularly in children’s literature.

Cultivate the tools needed to maintain and grow one’s cultural competency.

Who Should Attend

Writers and illustrators of all levels are welcome.


Join changemakers Edith Campbell, Marilisa Jiménez García, Dr. Laura M. Jiménez, Dr. Debbie Reese, Renee Watson, and Paula Yoo for this working symposium at the Highlights Foundation. This workshop is open to all allies in the children’s book industry: book creators, editors, agents, booksellers, and book lovers.


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100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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