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Diversity in Children’s Literature

Oct 7, 2020

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)

 

We Need Diverse Books

 

Malinda Lo's blog

 

About Rudine Sims Bishop, PhD, and Windows and Mirrors:

 

Brown Bookshelf 

 

First Nations Development Institute

 

National Indian Education Association: 

 

American Indians in Children's Lit