Publishing Statistics on Children’s Books About and by People of Color

“Imagine a day when all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.” ~We Need Diverse Books

Laredo Public Library 7.11.17

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has released its annual publishing statistics on children’s books about people of color and First/Native Nations, as well as titles written by people of color and First/Native Nations authors and illustrators.

Of all the children’s and youth books published in 2017, less than 6% had significant Latinx content/characters, and only 2% were written by Latino authors. 18% of the United States population is Hispanic or Latino. Sources: Lee & Low Publishers, US Census

While the data below shows a level of improvement, there is more progress to be made.

CCBC Stats for Multicultural Books_Authors

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