Bringing diversity to Children’s literature is a priority

LET’S TALK about diversity. Children need to see other kids that look like themselves in picture books. Why? Because children of all races need to be represented in literature to show they are important in the world and they matter. Black, Latino, Asian, Native Americans, and all kids of colour need to be portrayed as main characters in books.
Why do Caucasian children need to be exposed to diverse picture books? Well because the world is full of people and children need to learn about different ethnicities, nationalities, cultures, languages, religions, customs, and beliefs.
Having books that explore, recognise, and celebrate human diversity and multiculturalism may teach children to embrace and embody fairness, equality, and justice for all as well as promote empathy for marginalised communities.
Publisher of diverse books in the United States, Lee & Low, propose that around 80 percent of children’s book editors, authors, and illustrators are white. He Snowy Day, authored by Ezra Jack Keats in 1962, was the first full colour picture book with an African-American child as the main character. Keats is white and American.
We Need Diverse Books is an organization with a vision of “a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.”
Multicultural Children’s Book Day is an annual event in January, which further celebrates diversity in literature.

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