Children’s books in full color?

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.


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