Oh said she has seen the publishing world — although still dominated by books by and about White people — move away from the long-held idea that diverse books don’t sell.
Authors used to hear, “We already have an Asian story or we already have a Black book,” she said.
“What you now have is a desire and hunger for more stories about diversity.”That desire may come from a changing idea of why diverse books are essential.
“When we began we thought it was necessary for everyone to see themselves in the pages of a book,” Oh said.
“Otherwise we will never learn empathy, and we will never grow.”Oh is hopeful children’s publishers will continue to embrace diverse authors and the power of their stories.