As a first time author, I'm quickly learning that the first question children ask is "How do you get your ideas?" Now, instead of fumbling awkwardly with clichés, I'll just tell them to read this beautiful and thoughtful meditation on the creative process.
Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.
When looked at closely there is limited diversity found in those who hold these positions. The result? Arguably, self-perpetuating cycles of publishers approving books featuring characters that overwhelmingly, look just like them.