Great Kirkus story on First Book’s The Stories for All Project
“Ever since Nancy Larrick sounded the alarm in her landmark Saturday Review essay, “The All-White World of Children’s Books,” almost 50 years ago, it’s been commonly understood that child readers need windows and mirrors: that they need to see themselves reflected in the literature they read and that they need to see others, as well. Despite this understanding, though, despite the fact that the number of books by authors and illustrators of color and about children of color has grown, it is still a tiny fraction of the total output of the children’s-book industry.
The speculations as to the reasons for this paucity are legion and contentious. Publishers are racist. There are too few creators of color. Families of color don’t buy books. White people who do buy books don’t want books about children of color. It’s an unhappy, unpleasant blame game that typically goes round and round but rarely resolves into cohesive, forward-going action.” FULL STORY HERE