Our Community Needs Diverse Books

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by Melissa Howison

A movement to diversify books has gained momentum in the past few years as nonprofits, schools, libraries, and individuals have committed to help increase cultural representation in the publishing industry. In 2018, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center found that only 29% of all books published in the U.S. for children and teens featured main characters of color, and only 21% of all books were by authors of color. To help combat the disparity, the Village Learning Place has made it a priority to add diverse books to our library collection. You can peruse the list of all recently added titles including Social and Emotional Learning titles, and we encourage you to come check some out. The VLP staff also have some recommendations to help you get started (full list is not exclusively books by and about people of color).

We Need Diverse Books has become a mantra for the movement. It comes from the name of a prolific nonprofit helping lead the charge for greater representation. Their website is another great place to start for anyone who wants to join the effort.