On the Point, we discuss diversity in children’s literature. There is wide agreement amongst educators that children benefit from books portraying diverse characters. Despite this, very few children’s books featuring protagonists of color are published each year. We talk about why diversity in books is important for children, and the efforts of authors, educators and booksellers to bring diversity to bookshelves.
Guests on the program are:
Sara Hines, co owner of the independent bookstore Eight Cousins in Falmouth
Mary Cronin, Educator and Director of the Early Childhood Career Pathways Grant at Cape Cod Community College
Jennifer Weston, Director of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project
Some more resources and good sources for books:
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (statistics on diverse children’s books)
About Rudine Sims Bishop, PhD, and Windows and Mirrors: