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Author Sharna Jackson: Bringing diversity to kids

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By host - erica.george"All children need to see themselves and others reflected in (books). Cultural representation leads to empathy," says author Sharna Jackson.
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I read those books as a child and never had a problem with relating to the characters. It's called a child's imagination allow them to use it instead of shielding them from everything.
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I respect what ever the authors choose their characters to be in their created story line. If you would like it to be different, go write a book yourself.
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Because most authors are white, so they write about white children. The same as Chinese authors write about Chinese children. You want more diversity in books? Encourage more ethnicities to become authors. Until then, shut up and let people write what they want.
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I don't remember many characters where their skin colour is mentioned There are some characters I have imagined as black simply because that's how they appear in my mind. But they stick in my mind because of good character development not because of skin colour but I can see how it is an issue (especially in fantasy which does have a tendency to be medieval-esque).
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My four year old black son got really excited the 1st time I got him a book with a black kid as lead....he said mom...HE LOOKS just like me. The same happened when there was a show on netflix with a black boy as main character. It became his favorite show...when asked why? he said because he looked like him.Keep in mind we are a mix family and never emphasize on race or differences. If you are not affected in a way you will not see a problem.
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Will recommend Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi - it is FANTASTIC, and it definitely brings in representation. Buy books by diverse authors, and the more representation you’ll find as publishers will then be more willing to publish them.
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Well just write some books about white, Asian, African, Chinese children all getting along as children do. Stop making a fuss about colour as that really doesn't matter nowadays - or does it?
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I can't say I recall the skin colour of the characters in most of the books I read, and I read a lot. I generally remember their personalities, actions and words. Not a kids book I know, but I'm currently reading the rivers of London series and one character's heritage is indicated through what she cooks... I can't remember if she was described physically as a woman of jamaican descent, but she seems to cook like one.
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Amazing Grace, Eat up Gemma, Through my window, Anna Hisbiscus, Handas Surprise, ORT and other reading schemes all lovely picture books with Afro Caribbean characters. If anyone knows of any other good ones, particularly with boys let me know, I would like a bit of freshness in my classroom. There is a country full of teachers ready to buy books that promote inclusion of all pupils. It’s up to authors to create and publishers to make these.
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I took the time to do a project in college on this very subject, representation. I only surveyed 100 children's books, but this is accurate. Every other student in my class found similar results, percentage wise, despite us all independently choosing our books.
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So does focusing on good stories and believability within the created universe when it comes to the effects of genealogy on skin color, instead of cramming diversity in where it makes little sense. True most characters are white, as fictionwriting has mostly been a western thing and because yes, gasp, this area has predominantly been white the last 8000 years. Now that we are more diverse, we could use some new good stories with more colour, but make up new ones where it makes sense, don't make fx a 13th century Robin Hood black just for diversity's sake, it's jarring.
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