Children’s Books Still Dominated by White Boys


We’ve blogged before about the issue of representation in children’s and young-adult literature.

This post by Soraya Chemaly looks at the numbers and finds that kid-lit books feature twice as many male protagonists as female ones (three times as many when the characters are animals), and about a bajillion more white protagonists than protagonists of any other race—and that’s just for 2012.

“God forbid you have the audacity to be a girl of color and expect to see yourself as cherished by our culture,” Chemaly writes.

(The good news is that if Chemaly’s daughter is any indication, kids these days are badasses who are going to save the world.)

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →