Authors hope 2020 turns the page in push for diverse children's books

ATLANTA — Years ago, when she worked at a public library, Kathleen Horning’s story time for toddlers also proved to be a moment of social research. After reading diverse books to crowds of mostly white or mostly Black children, Horning would arrange books on the floor at the toddlers’ eye level and wait. The children gravitated to books with familiar characters, but time and again, she saw white parents intervene — exchanging books that featured Black characters on the cover with different books.“The only time they didn’t replace the children’s choices was if they picked up a book with an anim…

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