Each spring, the CCBC releases the numbers of children’s and YA books by and about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) received in the previous year.
As books came into the library, and as we read throughout the year, we made note of several big-picture observations that struck us.
Everything we do at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, begins and ends with books. They are the focus of most of our reference work and they form the basis of our outreach services. They are the work we take home almost every night, and often what we talk about when we return the next morning.
Read CCBC librarian Madeline Tyner’s November 2018 article in Horn Book Magazine on the CCBC’s documentation of LGBTQ+ books.
With the ever-growing call for #OwnVoices books in youth publishing, we delved deeper into the CCBC’s 2017 diversity stats, with a particular focus on 2017 #OwnVoices books.
With the ever-growing call for #OwnVoices books in youth publishing, we delved deeper into the CCBC’s 2017 diversity stats, with a particular focus on #OwnVoices books. In this post, we examine the African/African American #OwnVoices books and consider creator roles, book type, and countries and cultures that are represented.
In 2017 we expanded our CCBC diversity statistics to include books with LGBTQ+ content and/or characters, and the results have been both fascinating and eye-opening.
Read Horn Book Magazine’s interview with CCBC director Kathleen T. Horning in March, 2018, about representation of gender in picture books.
Diversity and representation are on the minds of many in publishing for youth, and one of the things that stood out for us about 2017 books, especially picture books, was the presence of the brown-skinned child.
Read Horn Book Magazine’s March, 2017, interview with CCBC director Kathleen T. Horning about the CCBC’s diversity statistics.