Stories are teachers that entertain and inspire. We are storytellers all of us.
Malinda Lo over at Diversity in YA has tallied up the diversity stats for this year's Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) list of 98 books chosen by the American Library Association. As you can see by the charts below, representation of authors of color and main characters of color remain "regrettably poor."
Lo also breaks down the percentage of books with LGBTQ main characters or issues and books about characters with disabilities. While BFYA has increasingly recognized stories about LGBTQ characters (12.4% of the total, more than doubling since last year), girls are consistently underrepresented (most of them are about gay boys). Then there were only four books on the list about characters with disabilities (including Sally Gardner's Maggot Moon). See the rest of the charts here.