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.
Kathleen T. Horning, Director of Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nikki Grimes, Poet/Author
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University
Vicky Smith, Children’s and Teen Editor, Kirkus Reviews
Betsy Bird, School Library Journal blogger at A Fuse #8 Production
Dr. Katie Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Manhattanville College