How diverse is the NYPL’s 100 Great Children’s Books list?

Stacy Whitman photoGuest BloggerStacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse fantasy, science fiction, and mystery for children and young adults. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. This post is cross-posted with permission from Stacy’s blog.

In celebration of their exhibit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, the New York Public Library has released a list of 100 great children’s books from the last 100 years. I’m pretty happy to see that 27 of the 100 titles are diverse (in humanity) titles, and that there’s even more diversity in the authors (Donald Crews’s Freight Train, for example, doesn’t feature human diversity in the text, because the main character is a train, but the author is African American). How many of them have you read?

Here are the diverse titles (did I miss any?):

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  1. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is one of my absolute fave books. I have fond memories of reading it to my sons & still have that copy. Now I have to buy one for my granddaughter so I can read to her over Skype. 🙂

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