Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Numbers So Far

Every year the CCBC releases the statistics on books by and about people of color in early March at the time our annual publication CCBC Choices comes out.  This year as we were preparing a special "Diversity Matters" display at the CCBC, we calculated the numbers for far for 2015 based on roughly 2,000 books we've received this year.  Here they are:


  • African/African-American

 By 48
About 110
By but not about 7

  • American Indian 

By 4
About 19
By but not about 1

  • Asian Pacifics/Asian Pacific Americans

By 21
About 49
By but not about 90

  • Latino

By 17
About 36
By but not about 8

We were hoping we'd see improvement over last year but so far that doesn't appear to be the case. And one trend we noticed last year seems to be even stronger this year: that Asian/Asian Pacific American authors and illustrators are creating many more books that don't feature Asian characters than those that do. Zetta Elliott blogged about this observation in a two-part post earlier this year.

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