Children's Authors Who Promote Diversity
Reading books with multicultural characters or themes is a great way to expose kids to diversity. Meeting an author and hearing her talk really brings it to life. But it's not always easy to find writers who can do so. The Children's Book Council Diversity blog has a great list of fifteen authors of different races and ethnicities who make talking about culture part of their visits. Here's a snippet from CBC Diversity:
For one, not every author is comfortable with or even prepared to address diversity or multiculturalism as part of their author visit program.
Second, it’s usually the case that the most sought after “multicultural” children’s authors are few enough that their appearance calendars are booked years in advance and they can command honorarium rates that are far above the resources of many “diversity” or “urban” or “multicultural” school districts or libraries — which is generally zero dollars.