THE NEED: CHANGE THE SHELVES
As a result of white people's historical domination of publishing, people of color continue to be conditioned to see white people as being more worthy of being represented in books than they are. This self-perpetuating cycle discourages writers and other publishing professionals from reinforcing this hierarchy by putting themselves forward.
Even today, people of color are encouraged to read books that feature white characters rather than characters who look like themselves. They begin to internalize this message, which discourages them from writing about their communities.
To make children of color feel like they belong in the stories they're reading, children's books must represent the diversity of their audiences. The bookshelves at home, in school classrooms, and libraries, need to change for many children to see images or stories that reflect who they are, who their friends are, or written in a tone that describes them.
I challenge parents, teachers, and librarians to "CHANGE THE SHELVES" and include more books written by African American authors, both traditional and self-published. This does not mean we want to do away with books written by white authors; we want to even the playing field.
Pick out a good book.
Find a quiet space to read
read for 15-30 minutes
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS AUTHORS WORK
"It’s beautiful how [When My Dad Went To The Hospital] gives permission for children to see family members experience different reactions and emotions and demonstrates healthy ways for families to cope. As a therapist, I enjoyed seeing how you included counseling as a support when mental health can be a really stigmatized concept."
Clinical Social Worker
" An excellent book!!! When I first bought this book from the author, my daughter was too young to read it on her own so I read it to her. Today at 6, she loves the challenge of reading it on her own and learning about Washington D.C. Since she has visited many of these amazing landmarks from the book, she enjoys making the connections now as the book is very educational. I like how the book touches on our first black president and first family and gives ideas on how to get involved in community service."
A mom of 2
" Great educational read for children of all ages and ethnicities. I love that not only is it an educational read for adolescents, it also highlights the presidency of the first African American President and first family. The book also gives recommendations on how kids can involve themselves with community service outreach and provides some suggestions on how to get started."
"Awesome book!! I bought this book from the author herself because I taught her in 7th grade. It is so wonderful when you see your students grow up and do great things. I loved the book and plan on reading it to my great nieces and nephews. I also want to buy a couple copies for our local school and public library. The illustrations are fantastic as well."
Retired School Teacher
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