Simone has completed her transition to the Big Kid School, and I have been thinking about how I would like to help the school. We’ve contributed in 50 million ways, donating money and time. Still, few of these gestures will have a lasting effect.
I’ve been poking around on children’s literature sites and learning very few of children’s books are about children of color. Of those, even fewer have been written and illustrated by people of color. Sadly, the number of books written and illustrated by and about people of color has not increased since 1994.
Given those statistics, I bet Simone’s school doesn’t have very many multicultural books. If so, I want to do something about that. I don’t know whether that means I will write a grant or call book publishers and request free books. I just know I should try to fill this void.
If anyone has taken on such a task, please leave a comment below.
In the meantime, here are a few wonderful sites for children, parents and teachers.
Asia For Kids is a resource for teaching Asian languages and cultures.
Bess Press has been publishing for Hawai’i and the Pacific since 1979.
Bopo Books publishes children’s picture books with both English and Spanish text.
Children’s Book Press is a nonprofit independent publisher that promotes cooperation and understanding through multicultural and bilingual literature.
Just Us Books is black-owned independent press dedicated to producing black children’s books.
Lee and Low is an independent book publisher that focuses on diversity.
Oyate is a Native American organization that ensures Native life and history are accurately portrayed.