Seven Stories Press - https://www.sevenstories.com/ Focused on breaking the status quo.
Creston Books - https://www.crestonbooks.co/ Focuses on broad diversity.
Amistad - http://amistad.hc.com/ Focuses on Aftrican-American representation.
Saalam Reads - http://salaamreads.com/ Focuses on religious diversity.
Kokila - https://global.penguinrandomhouse.com/tag/kokila/ Focuses on valuing YA and children place in society.
Rick Riordan Presents -http://rickriordan.com/2017/04/rick-riordan-presents/ Focuses on publishing middle grade authors.
Denene Millner Books - https://www.agatepublishing.com/blog//introducing-denene-millner-books Publishes African-American authors for children.
Despite the progress that has been made with the emergence of independent socially focused publishers, and imprints created or acquired by the large publishing houses in response to social justice demands, world literature still grossly underrepresents minority groups.
One theory is that the root cause of the lack of diverse literature in the world lies in the personnel of the publishing firms themselves.
"Roughly 80 percent of the children’s book world—authors and illustrators, editors, execs, marketers, and reviewers—is white." (Slater 2016, p.1)
Diverse Books Don't Sell!
Although 77% of children's books buyers are white (Slater 2016), the revenue from publishing diverse literature will help correct the problem. This revenue stream is much more complex than the previous simple statistic, and it is growing as the world continues to become increasingly diverse. "Hispanics, for example, were 27 percent more likely than the average American bookworm to take home a kids’ book." (Slater 2016, p.3)
"The biggest threat to literary diversity, says author Christine Taylor-Butler, is the 'feeling that it is okay to destroy people on social media.'" (Slater 2016, p.4)
The profits will be there if the risks of being socially cancelled does not deter the authors, publishers, districts, and teacher from embracing socially diverse literature that might not be perfect.
The solution to fill the gap of diverse literature in the world today lies within the publishing companies themselves, and the profits associated with diverse literature.
Decision makers within publishing must represent the diverse nature of their customer base. Early authors and publishers with good intent, must avoid unjust punishment for cultural mistakes in their work. Finally, the readers of the world have to buy the literature, and vote with their wallets.