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Characters of Color: 7 Must-Read Picture Books Featuring African-American Characters... by Ashley Foxx

*Ashley's article on* Classroom libraries and children’s bookshelves sometimes fail to reflect a true reading rainbow. As a teacher, I sometimes struggled to find books that featured a diverse group of characters with rich, varied backgrounds. This lack of diversity has a direct impact on how our little readers develop, especially as they begin to shape their view of the world around them. In fact, less than 3% of children’s books published in 2013 featured characters of color, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. Check out seven must-read books that feature memorable characters of color that your little one will love:

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