Thursday, 1 May 2014

racial diversity in children's books

I was catching up on listening to Radio 4's Women's Hour today, and heard the shocking statistic that out of the 3,200 children's books that were published in the US last year, only 93 were about Black people. British publications are also lacking diversity.

If you want to listen to the programme, follow this link, the programme was first broadcast 11th April 2014.

The absence of diversity is really saddening, I think it is vitally important that the entire spectrum of people are represented in pop culture and the media. For the development of children's self-esteem, and for their enjoyment, it is crucial that they can relate to the characters they read about, or see on telly.  

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