Questioning the Lack of Diversity in Historical Fiction

#WeNeedDiverseBooks of ALL genres for ALL ages

The Book Wars

Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008)

Two weeks ago, I talked in a complicated sort of way about why it is so important to be aware that the language history is written in is not necessarily the language it occurs in and as such, discrepancies exist and the lens through which we view history is, perhaps unavoidably, flawed.

This week I want to question a marked lack of diversity in historical fiction written for children. Let me define what I mean and set up some limits etc. so that what I say has some relevancy and makes sense. In fact, let me restate my question.

Why does children’s literature not have a more noticeable number of titles that deal with non-European, non-white history written not by white people but by the very people whose history is being narrated/fictionalized etc.? To simplify further, why don’t we have more…

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