Living together in a harmonious society is not just a pie in the sky goal. It can be done, and it begins with our children and grandchildren. What better way to influence this than by offering books that pose the ideal.
I want to ask you to join me on this campaign #multiculturalbooksmatter in an effort to bring attention to books that celebrate multicultural characters, especially in children’s literature.
Recently, I’ve become aware of the need for multicultural children’s books. This infographic by Lee and Low shows the state of diversity in children’s literature as of right now:
Even though demographics have shifted considerably in the past years, the number of multicultural/diverse books — or by diverse authors–published since 1994 has stayed pretty much the same.
Who is it to blame? Publishing houses with a preconceived idea of what sells and what doesn’t? Agents who don’t give a voice to authors with an accent or from a different background? Authors who do not reflect the world we live in? Book lovers who do not buy books that have multicultural themes or characters? We could…
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