Care for a little depression with your coffee? Well let’s play a fun game. Can you tell me by what percentage the number of African-America children’s book authors increased by between the years of 2006 and 2007? Oh go on, guess. Was it 10%? Colder. 7%? Warmer. 2%? Even warmer. 0%? Warmer but still not there yet. No, you see Kyra Hicks, author and blogger on the site Black Threads in Kid’s Lit has been good enough to post the results of the CCBC’s annual study of Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States. The news? There was a 12% drop-off between 2006 and 2007. Latinos held steady but Asian Americans and American Indians also took a small plunge. Sounds bad, but Don Tate II suggests that perhaps this is just a reflection of the decrease in the number of books being published altogether. Still kind of a downer, though.
Less of a downer: Two awards of note. The first is the E.B. White Readaloud Award. I have a great affection for this award since last year it took the time to honor the magnificent and too little lauded Houndsley and Catina by James Howe. This year the winners, according to Read Roger, are When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach and David Small (Simon & Schuster) and, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown). In other news the 2008 Amelia Bloomer List of kick-ass girl titles (I think it may have a description with a slightly different wording) is out. Loving that Middle Reader Fiction category (cheers, Mitali) as well as a bit of graphic novel loving in the Young Adult section (Plain Janes style). Robin Brande is mentioned too. Well chosen! Thanks to the ALSC Blog for the link.