The Cooperative Children’s Book Center received approximately 3,600 new books last year. Of those, less than 8% reflected people of color. (Click link below for report.)
After our son and his wife adopted our newest grandson from Ethiopian orphanage, I began looking in earnest for picture books that would show faces like the one he sees in the mirror. It’s a continuing challenge.
Last month, in a presentation at a booksellers convention in the St. Louis Convention Center, I noted that contemporary realism was trending in children’s books. That trend, however, doesn’t include the “contemporary realism” of our shifting demographics.