We live in a small New England city that is now a majority minority city. For LB, that diversity is normal in her everyday life, but I've realized that diversity isn't as normal for her in books. Aside from Dora, Black and Brown characters are unusual enough that she will point them them out and ask if they are related to one of the Black or Brown kids she knows in real life. At three LB has internalized the idea that white people are the norm in books and people of color are the exception.
Apparently it's not just us, the Times states that only 93 of 3200 children's books published in 2013 were about African Americans, city a study by the Cooperative Children's Book Center at Madison. You can find the study here.
This was my favorite new book of 2013. It's a family story from the 3rd Great Migration with lovely illustrations.
I think these Lola books are super cute, and address issues of interest to LB (we met a support dog named Fletcher at the library this weekend and got to read with him).
I Can Do It Too! is a very compelling message for LB these days.
There are quite a few Civil Rights Era-related kids books out there. The book about Claudette Colvin in one of my favorites, but too old for LB, so I'm taking a chance and ordering this book.
More to come about some of the multicultural kids books that should still be in print. And if anyone has suggestions for other books, I'd love to hear them.