important role libraries play is to accurately reflect
our current communities, nation, and world--that's one reason we're
constantly working to increase diversity in our collection.
In their annual survey
of children's literature, the Cooperative Children's Book
Center looked at main/protagonist characters in kids' and YA books
published by U.S. publishers in 2019.
Out of the 3,716 books surveyed, main characters could be identified as belonging to the following categories:
Black/African: 441 (11.9% of total books) First/Native Nations: 37 (1% of total books) Asian/Asian American: 325 (8.7% of total books) Latinx: 197 (5.3% of total books) Pacific Islander: 2 (0.05% of total books) Brown skin (see note below): 343 (9.2% of total books) White: 1,555 (41.8% of total books) LGBTQIAP+: 115 (3.1% of total books) (Dis)ability: 126 (3.4% of total books) Animal/Other: 1,085 (29.2% of total books)
"Brown skin" indicates books in which the primary character clearly has
brown skin (indicated by illustrations or text), but there are no
specific racial or cultural signifiers in the illustrations or text.
• At summer.myacpl.org, keep
track of your summer reading and the programs you attend for
the chance to win prizes at the end of the summer (or ask for a
paper entry tracker at your library's front desk).
Click on the Image Below to Read our Latest Annual Report
Virtual Program Highlight: Books Alive!
this series, Youth Services Librarian Lia reads a children's
book, then demonstrates a crafting or cooking project related
to the story!
Check out the series so far here, and click the image below to hear Lia read The Wizard by
Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Brandon Dorman, followed by a
workshop on how to make your own wand at home.
*These recordings will be posted on our YouTube channel Fridays at 10am, and you can also access them for the rest of the summer.