Why we need diverse books BY JACOB KALAMVOKIS

Why is having diverse books important?

Having diverse books in the world is important because people (especially children) should be able to see characters like them in there favorite books, as a protagonist.

WHY CHILDREN NEED ROLE MODELS IN DIVERSE BOOKS

Children of color need diverse books to see role models who aren't all white. Chad Everett of Scholastic Books states "When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part". We need more diverse books, in this case, for the children.

YET, THERE ARE MANY MORE BOOKS ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE THAN THERE ARE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR.

There are many more books in the world that are based around white people than there are books based around black people. The Cooperative Children's Book Center (or the CCBC) claims that there were about 47,850 published since 2002. Only 5,742 of these books were based around people of color. That's only 12%, and that's a problem.

SOLUTION

I feel that the easiest solution to this problem, is just to encourage authors to write more books about people of color. For every book based on a white person, there should be a book based on a person of color.

CITATIONS

1. Everett, Chad. "Windows and Mirrors: Why We Need Diverse Books." Scholastic Book Fairs. Scholastic, 1 Jan. 2017. Web. 16 Feb. 2017.

2. Schiliesman, Megan. "Multicultural Literature 2014." 2014 Statistics. Cooperative Children's Book Center, 1 Jan. 2015. Web. 16 Feb. 2017.

3. Schiliesman, Megan. "Publishing Statistics on Children's Books about People of Color and First/Native Nations and by People of Color and First/Native Nations Authors and Illustrators." Children's Books by and About People of Color. Cooperative Children's Book Center, 1 Jan. 2016. Web. 16 Feb. 2017.

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