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We Need Diverse Books

Half of U.S. children under age 5 are non-white. But only 10 percent of children’s books in the last two decades featured multicultural characters. The math doesn’t add up. And one nonprofit organization is determined to even the playing field.

We Need Diverse Books
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Jennifer Baker grew up watching actor LeVar Burton as the host of the children’s television program Reading Rainbow.

“That’s how I heard of the book Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters,” the panel organizer for We Need Diverse Books says, describing the award-winning African tale written and illustrated by black author John Steptoe.

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