The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah OHora (Dial Books, July 2016). All rights reserved. @penguinrandomhouse

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts (Abrams Books for Young Readers, September 2016). All rights reserved. @abramsbooks

Lotus and Feather by Ji-li Jiang, illustrated by Julie Downing (Disney-Hyperion, December 2016). All rights reserved.

Industry Q&A with Author Kara Lee Corthron

Tell us about your most recent book and how you came to write/illustrate it.

My debut novel, The Truth of Right Now, was just published last week by Simon Pulse and I’m seriously excited that it’s finally out in the world! It’s a story I had wanted to write for several years before I actually did it. I’m a playwright and 2013 turned out to be a pretty slow year for me professionally, so I thought it might be a good time to write the novel and it worked out perfectly. I wrote it as a response to some incredibly disturbing trends in the national news (if you read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about). I wanted to address some of the ugly issues that teens face from their perspectives and without the distance of a news headline.

 Do you think of yourself as a diverse author/illustrator?

Yes, I do.


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At Night by Helga Bansch (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, September 2016). All rights reserved. @eerdblurbs

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, September 2016). All rights reserved. @simonkidsuk

Bo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill; Illustrations by LeUyen Pham. (Henry Holt and Co. BYR, December 2014). All rights reserved. @macmillanchildrensbooks

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic, September 2016) @scholasticreadingclub

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers, September 2016). All rights reserved. @abramsbooks

The CBC Diversity initiative was founded in 2012, as part of the Children’s Book Council’s commitment to promoting diverse voices in literature for young people.