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NPR: As Demographics Shift, Kids’ Books Stay Stubbornly White

“According to new data from the Census Bureau, nearly half of today’s children under 5 years old are non-white.”

NPR: As Demographics Shift, Kids’ Books Stay Stubbornly White

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/25/193174358/as-demographics-shift-kids-books-stay-stubbornly-white?ft=1&f=1032

“When it comes to diversity, children’s books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they’re overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect? A report by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that only 3 percent of children’s books are by or about Latinos — even though nearly a quarter of all public school children today are Latino.”

Read the piece and review your collection development policies and practices.

Stephen

Posted on: June 25, 2013, 1:02 pm Category: Uncategorized