Why Kids Need Diversity in Books

Asian mother and baby reading

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This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the need for books that reflect our family’s particular heritages, as well as the role that multicultural books play in teaching children of all backgrounds. As I’ve been looking for books to review for the HapaMama Summer Reading series — and frantically reading them so I can tell you all about them– the thought has crossed my mind:

Really, what’s the big deal? There are plenty of good books for kids, and shouldn’t we be more concerned that our children are reading, and not worry about trying to raise awareness about diversity all the time?
Well, a new report by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation confirms the need for more ethnic diversity in picture books, and gives me hope that all these efforts to raise awareness of my kids’ cultural heritage (as well as other traditions) is a step in the right direction. Read my full piece Why Kids Need Books That Reflect Diversity on BlogHer, and let me know what you think.