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Winter 2022 Magazine
DML Careers

We Need Diverse Books

“when children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.” ~Rudine Bishop

Children from minority groups need to see themselves in the books they read to get a view of their place in the world that honors their uniqueness. Children from a predominant social group also need to see diverse characters in diverse roles.  This realistic worldview helps them to live in a world where their social group is just one among many.  If you have time, watch this excellent presentation by Grace Linn for a moving and inspiring explanation of this.

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