Increasing diversity in children’s books still a challenge

Statistically, children’s literature tends to look into a not-so-diverse world. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin estimates that in 2015, about 10 percent of children’s book authors and 15 percent of the books’ characters were African-American, American Indian, Asian Pacific and Latino. Meanwhile, close to half of American children were not white, according to a 2014 census report. Nationally, activist groups are speaking out against industry bias and hoping to make widespread change. (Download PDF of article)