WOW Book Fiesta
Saturday, December 6, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
What’s in the Box? Story Journeys Around the World
**The new streetcar stops in front of the College**
Parking at 2nd St. Garage limited, a basketball game day
Journey around the world through centers with activities and stories from 11 global and local cultures.
The Lack of Characters of Color in Children’s Books
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released their annual report of the number of books depicting characters of color in 2013. The statistics show a continued decline that is alarming and has resulted in multiple news reports and articles. You can access the report at http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/choiceintro14.asp. Two articles that are particularly noteworthy in response to this report are Christopher Myers article on The Apartheid of Children’s Literature, published in the The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html?_r=0 and the CNN article on Where is the African American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? which includes a great interview of Matt de la Pena at http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/09/living/young-adult-books-diversity-identity/ .
Here are the numbers from 3,200 books received at the CCBC in 2013. Of those,
• 93 books had significant African or African American content
• 67 books were by Black authors and/or illustrators
• 34 books had American Indian themes, topics, or characters
• 18 books were by American Indian authors and/or illustrators
• 61 books had significant Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content
• 88 books were by authors and/or illustrators of Asian/Pacific heritage
• 57 books had significant Latino content
• 48 books were by Latino authors and/or illustrators
If you go to CCBC Choices on their site and access previous years, you will see a steady decline since 2008.