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  1.   CCBC Publishing Statistics of Children’s Books by and About People of Color -

    In 1985, a task to find eligible books for the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Award for African American authors and illustrators; turned into a mission for for identifying all trade books published each year by and for people of color.  

    Today, the counting continues...


    "The more books there are, especially books created by authors and Illustrators of color, the more opportunities librarians, teachers, and parents and other adults have of finding outstanding books for young readers and listeners that reflect dimensions of their lives, and give a broader understanding of who we are as a nation."

    1. Troy

      Troy

      I used to share these stats myself.  Indeed I've served on panels decrying the numbers.where-are-people-of-color-in-chioldren-books-panleists.jpg

      The primary reason is that these numbers are completely misleading there were FAR more than 92 children's book published in 2016 by African Americans.  The Cooperative Children's Book Center sample set are just the books that they received, which is a far cry from the number of books that were published.

      I suspect the majority of people who have published children's books have never heard of the Cooperative Children's Book Center CCBC. 

      It is time for us to stop letting organizations like this control the narrative.  The are indeed a great many books that are published that need to be celebrated.  Let's focus on and uplift the great number of wonderful books that are available rather than focusing on the unnecessarily pessimistic viewpoint promulgated by the CCBC. 

      As a matter of fact, I'll create a page that focuses on new Children's books for the year. Below check out a list of 32 books just for 2017 and it isn't even March yet. The list would be even longer if I had the resources.  Indeed if folks shared even this list rather than focusing on what is not being done we'd all be better off.

      1. The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston
      2. Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Blac... by Tonya Bolden
      3. Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin ... by Patricia C. McKissack
      4. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hen... by Cynthia Levinson
      5. Mama’s Boyz: In Living Color! by Jerry Craft
      6. Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers
      7. The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford
      8. The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
      9. Block Party (Confetti Kids) by Gwendolyn Hooks
      10. If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement by Gwendolyn Hooks
      11. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
      12. This Side of Home by Renée Watson
      13. The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in... by Kwame Alexander
      14. When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina
      15. I Love My Haircut! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
      16. All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson
      17. Music Time (Dive Into Reading) by Gwendolyn Hooks
      18. Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach
      19. The Mystery of the Missing Dog and Other Stories (... by
      20. The Ring Bearer by Floyd Cooper
      21. Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book by Nikki Grimes
      22. Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book by Nikki Grimes
      23. Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden
      24. Skin Again by Bell Hooks
      25. Float Like a Butterfly by Ntozake Shange
      26. This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson
      27. Miles Morales (A Spider-Man Novel) (A Marvel YA No... by Jason Reynolds
      28. Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? by James Buckley Jr.
      29. Patina (Track) by Jason Reynolds
      30. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
      31. Pelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon
      32. Snow Scene by Richard Jackson

         

      33. Mel Hopkins

        Mel Hopkins

        Perfect! I will update my blog post with a link.   CCBC indicated in their article that they are beginning to receive independent publications too - and they are including them in the count.. They have a blog too and I linked to this status update and mentioned that you are also keeping an up-to-date list of newly published children's books by and about African-Americans I invited her to visit and comment. 

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