Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sites for the Statistically Savvy

Yesterday we noted that less than half of children's books featuring African American content and protagonists were created by African American authors and illustrators.

We also saw that less than a quarter of children's books featuring American Indian content and protagonists came from American Indian creators.

Given these startling statistics, I thought it would be timely to remind my Fire Escape visitors of four great sites to bookmark:
  1. Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature: Critical perspectives of indigenous peoples in children's books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society-at-large.

  2. Oyate: Native American reviewer and reseller of books by and about Indians.

  3. The Brown Bookshelf: dedicated to uplifting African American creators of children’s literature.

  4. African-American Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: encouraging aspiring African-American children’s authors and illustrators in obtaining their literary achievements. Check out their first conference, featuring the dynamic aunt and nephew duo of Eleanora Tate and Don Tate!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mitali! As an African-American mom, I am always on the lookout for children's books that reflect the African-American tradition. However, as the mom of a biracial black and Indian child, I would love some tips on Indian children's books and multicultural books as well.