Diversity in Children’s Literature: Reading, Writing & Creating

with Veronica Appleton

Since 1994, millions of books for children have been published and until 2016, 28% of books written about people of color have been published. Although the statistics have increased, the number of books written by people of color is still lagging behind and majority books (diverse or not) are written by white authors. In the Diversity in Children’s Literature: Reading, Writing & Creating session participants will learn about diversity in children books and how they can pursue publishing a children’s book of their own.

  • Room: Room 1
  • Time: 10:15AM - 11:00AM


Veronica is the creator of Appleville Books, a collection of children stories reflecting the everyday life of multicultural families. When Veronica is not working on new children stories, she serves as Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion for We Are Unlimited, an Omnicom Advertising Agency and as an Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Communications and Organizational Communications at DePaul University. She also served in various roles at FCB Chicago, Burrell Communications, ABC 7 Chicago, Sports Illustrated, and PepsiCo: Gatorade & Propel Fitness Water.