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A guide to finding culturally responsive books for PK-12, for EDUG 230, MAT 501 and beyond.

Diversity in children's publishing

This guide is designed to support students in EDUG 230, MAT 501, and anyone who is looking for culturally responsive/culturally relevant books for PK-12. 

The infographic below shows the 2018 statistics on racial and ethnic diversity in children's books, and showcases how far the children's book industry must go to more equitably represent the diversity of students in today's classrooms. While cultural responsiveness encompasses more than race, these statistics point toward a larger lack of representation of diverse experiences and identities throughout children's and young adult publishing.

Read more about the lack of diversity in children's publishing:

Huyck, David and Sarah Park Dahlen. (2019 June 19). Diversity in Children’s Books 2018. sarahpark.com blog. Created in consultation with Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K. T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner, with statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp. Retrieved from https://readingspark.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/picture-this-diversity-in-childrens-books-2018-infographic/

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