We illustrators have a mighty important role: we shape worlds.
When kids open our books, they step into our worlds and go off to live adventures. If we are lucky and create a compelling enough world (with the help of authors, publishers, designers, etc.), a kid will visit it again, and again, and again.
I didn't realize back then (7 years ago), but my first book was not very diverse. Luckily I have gotten a lot better about it! The protagonists of my last three books were a kid with a disability, a mixed race family, and two siblings of ambiguous race.
Are your books diverse enough? If your answer is no, do not despair... You have a chance to do better with the next one. We all do. Here are some strategies to help you embrace diversity and avoid stereotypes...Read More