Though through the recent years there has been an increase of diversity in children’s books, it’s still not as widespread as many would like. Many children read these books and wish to picture themselves in the lead roles. However, if there is only one race is predominately present through a collection of books, authors and publishers are likely to be seen as discriminating. In 2015, the diversity in children’s books were: 0.9% American Indians/First Nations, 2.4% Latino, 3.3% Asian Pacific’s/Asian Pacific Americans, 7.6% African/African Americans, 12.5% inanimate objects (animals, trucks, etc.), and 73.3% White. Even nowadays, roughly 80% of
book characters are white.
Diversity Does Not Only Consider Race.
It considers ethnicity, religion, culture, and gender. Children tend to learn important life lessons through the stories around them, including bedtime stories. Sometimes we fail to understand the sheer importance of books on a child’s personality and attitude. If we wish our child to be a positive and able-minded citizen of the world, we have to teach them as such.
Children find inspiration and roles models through these vital books. Featuring a minority or a person of colour, as one of the lead roles, can have a substantial effect on a child. If they see someone that looks similar to them, they are more likely to be able to picture themselves in that role.
Our Books Strive to Unite Children From all Over the World.
We believe that diversity is the key to teach our children about kindness, empathy, openness, sharing, as well as artistic consciousness, financial literacy, and positive psychology. We owe it to the young children of the world to teach them about a better world that is more accepting of those that are different to us. Perhaps in doing so, we’ll teach them how to be better citizens of the world.