The Diversity Gap In Children’s Books

Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?

Since LEE & LOW BOOKS was founded in 1991 they have monitored the number of multicultural children’s books published each year through the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s statistics. Their hope has always been that with all of their efforts and dedication to publishing multicultural books for more than twenty years, they must have made a difference. Surprisingly, the needle has not moved. Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, children’s book publishing has not kept pace. LEE & LOW BOOKS asked academics, authors, librarians, educators, and reviewers if they could put their fingers on the reason why the number of diverse books has not increased.

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Kathleen T. Horning, Director of Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Kathleen T. Horning

Nikki Grimes, Poet/Author

Nikki Grimes

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University

Dr. Rudin Sims Bishop

Vicky Smith, Children’s and Teen Editor, Kirkus Reviews

Vicky Smith

Betsy Bird, School Library Journal blogger at A Fuse #8 Production

Betsy Bird

Dr. Katie Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Manhattanville College

Kate Cunningham

For the entire article, please view the source for this post:  LEE & LOW BOOKS, The Open Book blog, by Jason Low, June 17, 2013


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