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First Book Confronts Lack of Diversity in Kid’s Books

First Book Confronts Lack of Diversity in Kid’s Books

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/first-book-confronts-lack-of-diversity-in-kids-books_b72505

As you can see by the sobering First Book infographic embedded above, out of 3,600 books for kids, only 3.3 percent focused on the lives of African Americans and 1.5 percent focused on Latinos.”

http://www.firstbook.org/first-book-story/media-center/press-room/288-the-stories-for-all-project-first-ever-market-solution-to-the-lack-of-diversity-in-kids-books

Stephen

 

Posted on: June 28, 2013, 7:19 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Librarian Will said

    I wonder how many of those books are about nonhuman characters. A large portion of my collection includes animal or other characters. It would be fair to say that these books don’t address cultural/racial issues, but if included in the above statistic, the assumption is being cast that 92.5% of books are coming out with a caucasian bias, when many of them may be avoiding that issue through the anthropomorphism.

    Mind you, I’d like to see more cultural diversity in children’s books as a normal thing, but I feel that in general children’s books are more inclusive in the messages they give than this infographic suggests.

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