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Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

박사라 Sarah Park Dahlen, Ph.D.

At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown presented the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) multicultural publishing statistics during the panel “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” She displayed Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now 4 years old, the image communicated inequity in publishing so well that she would use it at every opportunity.

Just before ALA Annual, St. Catherine University MLIS Program assistant professor Sarah Park Dahlen had posted to Facebook asking if anyone knew of an updated illustration, but Kügler’s was the only one anyone knew about. Friends said they would be happy to support an illustrator to create an update. Author/teacher Molly Beth Griffin saw Sarah’s post and queried her Twin Cities Picture Book Salon to see if anyone would be interested; David Huyck (pronounced “hike”) responded, and a…

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I remember growing up being told directly or indirectly that my loudness, my questions, and my skin should be silenced. I took up too much space in there eyes.  But after attending an HBCU, reading, writing, and teaching those lies and Microaggressions don’t hurt me anymore.  Thank you, Erica Garner for the reminder to speak out and speak up.  We can’t be dismissed with the stereotype anymore.  If we don’t speak up for our rights- who will?? 

#altonsterling #policebrutality #dehumanization #blacklivesdomatterwriting is my #therapy

I have mourned so many of our losses and my spirit stands up in me to stand up and fight for change….. I’m not a marcher, but I’m going to start by fasting with my money.  I will do a 30 day cleanse. I’m not sure how the fast will look, but I am so tired of the fear of terror. My dollars are supporting the silence and the comteptuous macro and micro-invalidation of the lives of the slain.