Not too long ago I wrote a post called 2014 Kids of Color: Things Are Looking Up. I wasn’t kidding. The number of book jackets with kids of color on them in 2014 puts 2013, and pretty much every other year up until now, to shame. Yet even with this strong beginning, it’s hard not to notice the kids that aren’t getting their moment in the sun. I don’t think I’m surprising anyone when I say that Latino boys are the rarest kiddos you’ll find on a jacket, regardless of whether it’s a board book, middle grade, or YA fiction. Fortunately Staten Island resident Danette Vigilante (gotta give a shout out to one of my boroughs!) has penned this year’s MG novel Saving Baby Doe. And better still, she’s allowing me to premiere her book trailer for it.
So here you go folks. Fresh off the presses and ready for the book’s March debut:
Thanks for passing this along, Danette! Looks like a keeper.