Have you heard about We Need Diverse Books? It's a new non-profit venture dedicated to promoting diverse experiences in children’s literature. We think they're onto something—after all, half of U.S. school children are minorities, whether people of color, LGBT, and/or disabled. But most children's books feature a decidedly more homogeneous group of characters.
We Need Diverse Books has a fundraising campaign underway to support their programs, and Gemma, Susan, Brooks, and I have all donated some time to support it. If you donate to the WNDB campaign, you could get yourself a critique of your query and the first ten pages of your manuscript—and help change the face of children's literature at the same time. Sounds like a good deal to me. Go check it out.