Bringing Diverse Books to Baltimore Neighborhoods

Each year the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) surveys the publishing industry to document the number of children's fiction books by and about people of color and from First/Native Nations.  The CCBC examines every book that comes into its library.  Of the approximately 3,700 children's and young adult titles received, most from U.S. publishers, only 25% featured content about people of color or characters of color.  

If so few fiction children's books are published featuring diverse content or characters, it makes you wonder... 

  • How many titles by and about people of color and from First/Native Nations make it onto the shelves of Baltimore City libraries and schools?

  • If these titles are available, are children of color able to access them? Are families able to build libraries at home that reflect the diversity of Baltimore City and its surrounding communities?

Baltimore Read Aloud was created to bring diverse books into Baltimore City neighborhoods for all children, and the adults who love them, to enjoy.  We want to do our part to increase demand for authentic, quality children's literature that represents the experience of every child. 

2017 Statistics on Multicultural Literature

Source: Cooperative Children's Book Center