A Colorful Reading List

Posted by Rita Lorraine

Hi Everybody,

If you’ve ever wondered where to find children’s book with characters who are people of color, look no more. Publisher’s Weekly Columnist Elizabeth Bluemle has done all the work for you, and compiled a great list!

Here’s a clip of what Elizabeth Wrote:

“Ever since the August 27 ShelfTalker post, Where’s Ramona Quimby, Black and Pretty?, I’ve been immersed in the ongoing conversation about—and search for—contemporary books featuring kids of color that aren’t primarily about race. The response to that post was terrific, a heartening reassurance that a lot of people throughout the industry care deeply about this issue. But I also heard from so many authors and illustrators, teachers and librarians, booksellers, editors and publishers, all working toward a similar goal, who have been “shouting into the wind” far too long, trying to draw attention to these books and the need for more of them.”

To read the rest of Elizabeth’s post, in which she includes book covers and links to children’s books, please click here:


To go directly to Elizabeth’s extensive list, which includes almost 400 children’s books, please click here:


400 books! That’s a whole lot of reading.

Best wishes and happy writing!

Rita L.

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