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Christine Taylor-Butler
I'm a parent, author, and a former college interviewer. Please hear me - in this time of stress people want to "flood" their kids with books about racism. Please provide 20 joyful books for every one book on racism. They also need to know POC kids are like every other kid.
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Jenny Horn Jun 2
Replying to @ChristineTB @mrsjjee
Yes! And more adventure/superhero books for little kids with boys/men of color as protagonists.
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Christine Taylor-Butler Jun 2
When I wrote The Lost Tribes about 5 diverse kids at center of a scifi mystery, I had famous mentors. It was rejected by big 5 publishers who said “Well written but no market for POC superheroes.” Took a Black publisher to “get it” First book is now in 3rd printing.
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BearfootTeacher Jun 1
Replying to @ChristineTB
Yes! Denene Millner’s article “Black Kids Don’t Want to Read About Harriet Tubman All the Time” should be essential reading for teachers, and her point is related to yours.
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Christine Taylor-Butler Jun 1
Replying to @BearfootMama
For real. And can I be blunt. Denene Milner acquiring CROWN is why Derrick Barnes and Gordon James got ALA awards. The big 5 publishers didn't want books like that from us. We need to promote more minority owned publishing houses W/ POC editors who don't need "translators".
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read 📚 think 🧠 😷 change the world ✌️ Jun 1
So true. And we also need more YA books that show teens of color living everyday lives in all sorts of settings—not just gritty urban settings. We’re seeing more YA fantasy with racial diversity but not YA romance, YA mysteries, or YA science fiction. Recs anyone?
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Christine Taylor-Butler Jun 2
Publishers think all urban settings are gritty. I grew up in the middle of Cleveland in a Georgian Colonial house. Moved to Kansas City’s inner city and raised my kids in one. Wish publishers would educate themselves about the breadth of Black landscapes.
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Sheena Hatton Jun 2
Yes, I have seen black people ask that slavery and racism not be the 1st way black people are introduced to white children. I started with the book 'Whoosh!' by Chris Barton, on the man who invented the super soaker! It alludes to the difficulties he faced, but not the focus.
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Christine Taylor-Butler Jun 2
Woosh! Is fun. I wanted to do that bio but and beat me to it. Both are great book professionals to follow. Highly recommend
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Simple Hobby Jun 2
Replying to @ChristineTB
I looked for kids books on planets and stumbled across your writing. When I saw your profile photo, I realized my childhood as a bookworm was spent only reading white authors, because that was what was in the library. A truly diverse world can be achieved by many subtle ways.
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Christine Taylor-Butler Jun 2
Replying to @simplehobby
Exactly! People ask if they’ve heard of my work and I chuckle. I’ve written 80 books for children but people rarely look at the bios in the back. Still, more than a million kids have been reached so I’m content to not be considered “famous.” 😁
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