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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.

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