Diversity in children’s books

I found this shocking infographic on Bustle.com a couple of days ago and I just can’t shake it off. The infographic (below) shows how diverse children’s books were last year.

Just look at it!

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I’ve never really thought about ethnic diversity in books if I’m honest, but this is a bit much, isn’t it? I mean, 73.3% of books depicting white characters?!

Don’t get me wrong, I have NOTHING against white characters! Most of my favourite books have a heavily white “cast”, but what about the rest of the world? Huh?

Have writers forgotten that… ↓

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I don’t think I’ve EVER read a book about an Asian character. Oh wait, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han has a half-Korean character, right? So I have read ONE book with a character that represents the most densely populated area on Earth. That’s not nearly enough!

Come on authors and publishers! You can do better than that!

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There. Rant over.

Now back to reading…

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17 thoughts on “Diversity in children’s books

  1. Lais says:

    That is such a shame, honestly. However, in my country, I feel like the reality is different. I read a lot of books during my childhood including black, asian and latin characters, because this represents the reality of my country as well! We are a very diverse country, so I think it is more natural.
    However, we should still fight for more diverse representation worldwide! I have high hopes that this reality will change in the next years.

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