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F.A. Day Library: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

We Need Diverse Books

Compare the Numbers

Compare the statistics on children's and YA books written by and about people of color with the racial breakdown of the U.S.population. What do you see?

Sources: Cooperative Children's Book Center, U.S. Census Bureau.

Authors to Know

African American
Coe Booth
Christopher Paul Curtis
Sharon Draper
Paul Langan
Janet McDonald
Kekla Magoon
Walter Dean Myers
Mildred D. Taylor
Jacqueline Woodson

Asian American
Sita Brahmachari
Cynthia Kadohata
Thanhha Lai
Kyoko Mori
Lensey Namioka
Mitali Perkins
Yoko Kawashima Watkins

Isabel Allende
Julia Alvarez
Sandra Cisneros
Francisco Jimenez
Matt de la Peña
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Alex Sanchez
Gary Soto
Francisco X. Stork

Native American
Sherman Alexie
Joseph Bruchac
Louise Erdrich

Deborah Ellis
Beverly Naidoo
Suzanne Fisher Staples
Gloria Whelan

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What do you think?

Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors
by Rudine Sims Bishop

"Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience."


Meg Rosoff sparks diversity row over books for marginalised children
by Alison Flood

“The children’s book world is getting far too literal about what ‘needs’ to be represented,” wrote Rosoff. “You don’t read Crime and Punishment to find out about Russian criminals. Or Alice in Wonderland to know about rabbits. Good literature expands your mind. It doesn’t have the ‘job’ of being a mirror.

The British novelist insisted she was not saying that diversity is not necessary, instead that 'books have one job and one job only, and that is to reflect the deepest thoughts of the writer'."

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