Where are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

This applies to fantasy and scifi as well.

for the love of reading


African American author Walter Dean Myers wrote an opinion piece in the NY Times a few weeks ago that I’ve been ruminating on. If you have a chance, I recommend taking a look (as well as at the accompanying piece by his son, who is also a noted children’s author, Chris Myers). The former was entitled “Where are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” and he points out that out of 3200 children’s books published in 2013, only 93 were about Black people. I’m sure that even that number doesn’t explain everything– I wonder how many of those 93 were actually written by people of color, or how many weren’t about slavery or the civil rights movement or being a victim. Not that any of those topics are bad, of course, but they are too often the only titles easily accessible, as if the Black experience can be summed up…

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