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Children's Laureate sparks conversation about diversity in books

British author and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman took a 24-hour hiatus from Twitter after an interview posted Sunday on Sky News led to a barrage of what she called “racist tweets.”

The Sky story was originally titled “Children’s Books ‘Have Too Many White Faces’,” but several hours after publishing, Sky changed the headline to “Call For More Ethnic Diversity In Kids’ Books”—after being contacted by Blackman, reported The Guardian. “Not once did the phrase in the banner headline pass my lips because I don’t think in those terms,” Blackman tweeted to her roughly 14,700 followers.

Fifteen minutes later, James Matthews, Scotland Bureau Chief at Sky News, tweeted, “Our headline writers are changing that Malorie and pass on their apologies” at both Blackman and Richard Suchet, the Sky correspondent who conducted the interview and wrote the accompanying article. READ FULL STORY

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