Last week, Audible Editor Emily sat down to interview Ellen Oh, author, editor, and founder of the We Need Diverse Books movement. Emily and Ellen discuss the origins of the movement, the books that have defined Ellen’s career, and more. We hope you are as inspired by her as we are.
Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us. In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt.
The Book That Most Impacted Ellen's Career:
The book that has most impacted me personally is probably my most favorite book, which was The Count of Monte Cristo...I have this huge revenge fixation because of it, and also this love of, like, redemption stories. I feel like it really kind of affects how I write any story. I feel like you can find The Count of Monte Cristo themes in any story I write.
Ellen's Favorite Literary Quote:
"I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now".
On Ellen's Listen List:
I read fiction books very quickly...I can't read nonfiction books quickly, because I miss too much...Audiobooks have actually been my lifesaver, because I listen to all my favorite nonfiction books in audio. I just finished the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Notorious RBG, because she's my idol and I loved it. Next in my queue is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Looking for Diversity in YA Lit? Ellen Recommends: