This week, we were assigned to read two articles that had to do with Diversity in Children’s Books. For this post, I will be giving my responses on this issue.
The two articles we read were Here I am by Brian Pinkney and Children’s Books: Still an All-White World? by Kathleen T. Horning. I personally liked Here I am better because it is more story based while the Children’s Books: Still an All-White World? is more fact based.
I think diversity in Children’s book is something that had gotten better over time. This could be because of stories like Pinkney or because of people realizing that there is not a lot of diversity and they want to change that. Either way, it is pretty clear that diverse children’s book are not as popular as non diverse books.
Looking at Horning’s article, she uses a lot of interesting points involving many statistics and has a handy chart. However, one thing I found important in this article is when Horning writes, “A lot of people are quick to blame the publishing industry. But publishers can’t just make manuscripts magically appear.” I think this is so important to understand because in my opinion, the blame for less diverse children book’s is not just on one group.
As I said before, it seems like diversity in children books is getting better and better but we still have a ways to go. This can be helped by teacher immensely. If teachers use a variety of book in their classroom. This exposes the students to things they encounter throughout their lives. Exposing them to a variety at a young age will only do good for them. Of course, this is a teacher’s decision and how they want their classroom to run. I just think it would be a great idea.
Until next time,
7 thoughts on “Diversity in Children’s Books”
I really enjoyed your blog. I agree that I think diversity in our classrooms is getting better over time. However, I think it could be much better. I also preferred the “here I am” article over the second one. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
Glad you enjoyed!
This was a great blog I think you hit it right on the nail when you said as teachers we need to use different books to get into the children’s head instead of waiting tell later I think you have a great blog and was very informational.
Wow, Excellent blog you did an amazing job with this one. I feel you are right in saying its not just the media’s fault, this is everyone’s teacher’s parents, etc. Diversity can be taught in a variety of ways and everyone needs to help in teaching this especially at a younger age.