Via the Explore blog:
Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? – an excellent and important New York Times op-ed by Christopher Myers, in response to a recent study, which found that “of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people.”
This is a really disturbing statistic, not simply because black children would clearly benefit from more books about black children but also because white children would clearly benefit from more books about black children.
We’re very fortunate to own a fair number of children’s books that feature Jewish characters and Jewish stories (thanks in large part to the truly wonderful PJ Library). But we’re also lucky to own books with Native American characters, books in which characters speak Spanish, books with characters and stories from other countries. We’ve sought out these books so our kids will see their own culture represented in the stories we read to them but also so they’ll begin to learn about and appreciate all the different peoples and cultures in the U.S. and around the world.