Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?

Hello, all,

’tis the season, I suppose, to question the paucity of publishers working with multicultural children’s literature.  Yesterday I shared an NPR article with you and today I bring you a blog post from Lee & Low Book’s blog, The Open Book.  While we’re pondering the question here at Vamos a Leer and our readers are musing on it in their living rooms, classrooms, coffee shops, and libraries, Lee & Low went ahead to do a public poll of academics, authors, librarians, educators, and reviews to see “if they could put their fingers on the reason why the number of diverse books has not increased.”  And they didn’t poll just anyone – the people who offer answers in the blog post are among the top minds and writers working toward multicultural literature for children.

It’s a great, albeit troubling, read. Check it out here: Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?

Cheers,
Keira

 

3 thoughts on “Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?

  1. One small part of the puzzle may be that our school libraries have no money for staff or books these days. So from our end, the demand is not very loud even though the need is great.

    • That’s certainly true, Hope. Without budgets, our librarians have no ability to leverage funding to influence change. And what’s more, it’s not simply a lack of expansion in terms of library resources but a contraction! Less funding translates of course to fewer books overall and even fewer multicultural lit.

  2. Pingback: WWW: Exemplary Publishers – Lee & Low Books | Vamos a Leer

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