While we are aware that the number of children's books that feature diverse children/characters is dismally low, that doesn't mean there are not books that fit this demographic. Lee & Low Publishing put out a blog post today about where to begin, click HERE.
Highlights include lists of publishers, blogs that review and highlight diverse books, and books stores across the that feature diverse books. For those readers in Massachusetts like me, there is a bookstore featured in Boston (a wonderful GBLTQ supportive shop), Calamus Bookstore.
The best way to support these publishing practices is to purchase the books, ask for your local libraries to purchase these books and then check them out!
I am an elementary school librarian in an urban setting in Massachusetts. Through the work of creating a more representative and inclusive library collection for my students, I learned a lot about the politics of the publishing industry, the accepted institutional racism and purposeful exclusion of communities in books and that we should be outraged at the continued disenfranchisement of our children.
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