CCBC cited as change agent for greater representation in children’s books

UW–Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), which is housed in the School of Education, was cited as an important change agent recently by veteran children’s book editor Rosemary Brosnan (Harper Collins), in an interview she did with BookPage.

BookPage spoke with Brosnan and author Cynthia Leitich Smith about their new HarperCollins imprint, Heartdrum, which will be the first imprint at a major American publishing company dedicated to the work of Native American creators.

Brosnan credited the CCBC with helping her push for greater representation in children’s books. “We needed to see dramatic changes not only in the industry but also in society to be where we are now,” Brosnan said.

“I credit We Need Diverse Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center in Madison, Wisconsin, for helping me as an editor and for giving me talking points about demographics and about lack of representation, points that I could take into acquisitions meetings,” she continued.

Read the full interview at, here.

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