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Today, I learned that of the 3,200 books for children . . .

 
 
Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2014 07:20 pm
published in 2013, only 93 were about black people.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/where-are-the-people-of-color-in-childrens-books.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2014 07:35 pm
@plainoldme,
Wow. That's kind of shocking.

I'm just bookmarking for now until I get time to read your linked articles.

I wonder how many books simply didn't mention "race" though.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2014 07:36 pm
@boomerang,
good question
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2014 07:44 pm
@plainoldme,
That's one of the things I liked about "The Hello Goodbye Window".

Based on the illustrations, the kid and the grandma are black. You can't really tell about the grandpa. It isn't a "black" book or a "white" book -- it's just a book. That's how it should be, in my opinion.
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Reply Thu 20 Mar, 2014 08:24 am
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

I wonder how many books simply didn't mention "race" though.


I was thinking that too - seeing they are children's books, I would venture to guess many are about animals or with animal characters as well - so no people.
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Reply Thu 20 Mar, 2014 10:13 am
@Linkat,
I agree - MOST small children's books use inanimate characters.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Sat 22 Mar, 2014 07:44 pm
@boomerang,
I totally agree
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Sat 22 Mar, 2014 07:44 pm
@Linkat,
That too is true and Christopher Myers mentioned that in the article I linked
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