I write diverse books, and unfortunately, it's something a few people disagree with.
It's true. I receive nasty emails and DMs, but what's the point? I'm not going to stop.
Why is there still a disagreement concerning diversity in children's literature in this day and age? Books are a mirror of our world, so it's essential that the world is depicted in the stories we read.
All children should be given the opportunity to recognize themselves in the books they read. This was virtually unheard of when I was younger, so I'm incredibly pleased with how far we've come.
There are many reasons why children should read diverse books. Here are a few:
1. Diverse books expose children to different cultures, experiences, and perspectives, helping them understand and appreciate the world around them.
2. Reading about characters from different backgrounds can help children develop empathy and understanding for people who are different from themselves.
3. Diverse books often explore complex social issues, which can help children develop critical thinking skills and learn to think for themselves.
4. Diverse books can help children see themselves and their own experiences reflected in literature, which can be empowering and affirming.
5. Preparing for the real world: Children will interact with people from different backgrounds in the real world, and reading diverse books can help them navigate these interactions more effectively.
6. Reading diverse books can help children to question their own biases and assumptions, and develop an open mind toward others.
Overall, reading diverse books can help children to become more curious, empathetic, and open-minded individuals, who are better equipped to navigate the complexities of the world around them.
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