{Vlog} On the Matter of Kids’ Books: We Need More Diversity — STAT!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

It’s another vlog, y’all!

Sidebar: I’m hoping to move these to Wednesdays so that I can start saying, “It’s Vloggy Vennesday.” Because I’m a weirdo.

Anyway, check out the new one below and let me know what you think. Talking about the need for more children’s books starring kids of color. Represent real life, publishing world! Bears and cars and pigeons acting like people is cute, but we demand more.

Definitely want to hear from you. Do you have any fave children’s books where real life and diversity are represented? Do tell. Leave a comment below or on MMM‘s YouTube page!

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8 Comments
  • 1
    Skye says:

    That bonus book idea is fantastic, wish we’d thought of that! Ten Nine Eight was a big favorite around our house when my son was younger. The art is lovely. The Snowy Day is gorgeous.

    I am beyond frustrated with the lack of diversity in children’s picture books, and I’m a white mama raising a white child – so I cannot imaging how parents of children of color feel trying to cope with the ridiculously low levels of representation. If you read a lot of books with your kiddos, you’re going to burn through a ton of the people of color focused books and come up empty handed. And when my kid goes on a bender on a particular topic, it gets scary. Pirates, fairies, robots, princesses, knights, silly books, superheroes… it’s all so white!

    Some of our fave books that buck the trend:

    Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin & Ana Juan

    Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen & Elise Primavera

    Please Puppy Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee & Kadir Nelson (Nelson’s art is so exuberant)

    The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey – beautiful quiet art, NOT at all like Captain Underpants

    Who Made This Cake by Chihiro Nakagawa & Junji Koyose

    The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

    Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee by Alice Faye Duncan & Catherine Stock

    Superhero by Marc Tauss

    The Moon Ring by Randy Duburke

    Fireman Small by Wong Herbert Yee

    New Cat by Yangsook Choi

    Summer Sun Risin’ by W. Nikola-Lisa & Don Tate

  • 2

    These are great! I’ll also add “Do Like Kyla” by Angela Johnson and many books offered by Barefoot Books publishing.

  • 3
    Ms. Mary Mack says:

    Skye! This list is fantastic. Thank you. And an even bigger thanks for your comment. It’s good to know that the lack of diversity in our kids’ books matters to ALL of us. Thank you!

  • 4

    Your welcome Skye. My oldest daughter is named Kyla and we were given this book as a gift when our youngest daughter was born, It’s perfect for our family. :)

  • 5
    Erin H says:

    A friend passed along this article:
    My 3-Year-Old has Experienced Racism (and yours probably has too)

    http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2013/08/26/my-3-year-old-has-experienced-racism-and-yours-probably-has-too/

    • 5.1
      Ms. Mary Mack says:

      Erin, thanks for sharing the links. I passed them along on FB and Twitter (with a hat tip to you, of course.)

  • 6
    Erin H says:

    Also, I can’t remember if I posted this already, but I did a project in grad school looking for multicultural literature. The link is here:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VgTSK998i8UogzDfg6jdX7gQisLpyhhlo09rM480fVM/edit?hl=en&authkey=COyY9ZcG

    I’m hoping there are more books out there now, then there were when I did my project.