D IS FOR DIVERSITY (IN KIDLIT)

D IS FOR DIVERSITY.

For the last month, the diversity topic has been the conversation at the water cooler. Especially, if you are a Kidlit writer. After an article written by Walter Dean Myers in the New York Times
, more writers are evaluating their work while others are crying “reverse discrimination.” For me, I have always felt that there is not enough books with diverse characters. I love to read. So as long as I have a good story, I am okay. But it would be the icing on the cake if I could find books with people of color.

After reading the article and commenting, I was contacted on Facebook by a editor of a small press. This editor created Kids of Color Children’s Books. I call it KOCCB. It is a Facebook group with writers, teachers, librarian, authors, and those who would like to see more books with people of color being distributed and circulated. Our world is changing. America is a melting pot. It is important that we do not leave anyone out. So if you are looking for books written by authors of color, check out Pamela M. Tuck, Aliona Gibson, Kelly Starling Lyons, Don Tate, Crystal Allen, Dr. Zetta Elliot, Jacqueline Woodson, Walter Dean Myers, Tracey Baptiste, and others.

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4 Comments

  1. Coming from the other part of the world, I have read quite a lot of books depicting people of colour. ” Mornings in Jenin” or “Miral” are books representing Palestinian ladies.
    ..as for Indian literature, there are books by Arundhati Roy, Tagore, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chetan Bhagat, Ruskin Bond etc 🙂

  2. Diversity in books, especially books for young children, is vitally important. Seeing someone who looks like you inside a book is a confirmation you belong there, too, that that book is for you. It also increases empathy and understanding when you see that people of all colors are the same inside.

    http://bit2read.com/

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