Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

While on Facebook, I found a link to this great blog post that features an updated illustration of diversity in children’s books. It uses recent statistics from 2015.

sarahpark.com

At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown presented the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) multicultural publishing statistics during the panel “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” She displayed Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now 4 years old, the image communicated inequity in publishing so well that she would use it at every opportunity.

Just before ALA Annual, St. Catherine University MLIS Program assistant professor Sarah Park Dahlen had posted to Facebook asking if anyone knew of an updated illustration, but Kügler’s was the only one anyone knew about. Friends said they would be happy to support an illustrator to create an update. Author/teacher Molly Beth Griffin saw Sarah’s post and queried her Twin Cities Picture Book Salon to see if anyone would be interested; David Huyck (pronounced “hike”) responded, and a…

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3 thoughts on “Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

  1. This is such great news if I’m understanding it correctly! It states dose it not that the market is flooded with white apples and that the consumer is demanding, red /yellow /black, which seem combined, as rare as bunnies beaks.
    And if i be holding the appropriate end of the stick, a female minority could name her price and dive deeply into these tempting torrents.

    Personally gender /colour /personal preferences have never concerned me, as long as the artist swims well, i shall gaze upon their beauty with admiration.

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