Miss Nana Wyshall B. Wright introduces us to the children in her series of bedtime stories. There’s Bullying Boy, Winall Wendell and Miss Sassy Frass Ann. They are three of the children in the series of children’s books. Get a copy of each here –> http://bit.ly/2hYyD7C
A recent study found that less than three percent of children’s books last year featured black characters.
According to an analysis of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people. Famed Young Adult author Walter Dean Myers tackled the issue in an editorial for TheNew York Times.
“Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity,” Myers writes. “What is the message when some children are not represented in those books? Where are the future white personnel managers going to get their ideas of people of color? Where are the future white loan officers and future white politicians going to get their knowledge of people of color? Where are black children going to get a sense of who they are and what they can be?”
Over the years, there have been quite a few books featuring black characters which have helped to give children a sense of self.
Second Wind Creations will start a Kickstarter campaign soon to fund hiring illustrators and publishing of the nine (9) remaining stories in the Miss Nana Wyshall B. Wright series of bedtime tales. We want to help narrow the diversity gap in publishing and in children’s books.
There are twelve (12) tales in the Miss Nana Wyshall B. Wright series of bedtime stories. All of them are written. Only three (3) of the stories are illustrated and published: Bullying Boy, Miss Sassy Frass Ann and Winall Wendall.
Stay tuned to learn how you can help us share our bedtime stories about diverse characters, where race isn’t the central theme in the storyline. Instead, the issues are those that all children are faced with such as: bullying, shyness, learning humility, self-esteem, coping with weight, following your destiny and more.
What readers see reflected in the Miss Nana Wyshall B. Wright series of bedtime stories is a multicultural world where it is normal for young people of different cultures and national heritages to play together and to have similar childhood dreams and ambitions.
We look forward to your support once the Kickstarter campaign launches. The next generation cannot afford to hate!
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