Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers both wrote articles this week in the New York Times about the lack of diversity in children’s books. I knew before reading the article that there aren’t an abundance of books written by or about Black people, or POC in general, but I didn’t realize the numbers are drastically low. So according to the CCBC, of the 3,200 books for children they received in 2013, 67 of those were written by a Black author and 93 were written about Black people – which is roughly 2.1 and 2.9 percent.
[Insert side-eye and eye roll gif here]
I don’t need to tell you how ridiculous that is considering Black people make up 13 percent of the U.S. population. I don’t know what can be done to solve this gap, because I doubt seriously that the issue is that there aren’t authors who are writing these stories. But from a public library point-of-view it means that in order to get those 93 books into the hands of children its has to be done purposely, like having a majority of these books in the collection.
I could probably read 93 children’s books in a year. Tragic. I feel like eating all the donuts.