Rourke’s Commitment to Diversity

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This Diversity in Children’s Books 2015 infographic tells an eye-opening story.

Huyck, David, Sarah Park Dahlen, Molly Beth Griffin. (2016 September 14). Diversity in Children’s Books 2015 infographic. blog. Retrieved from

At Rourke, we’re actively engaged in shifting the narrative. It is our goal to provide books that are not only educational, but inclusive and diverse. We want our readers to see themselves reflected in our illustrations and photos; to recognize the contributions of people both like and unlike themselves; and to embrace a worldview that celebrates rather than disparages otherness.

“A strong foundation in science, math, and language arts is essential for students, but equally essential is an appreciation for diversity that demands respect and eschews prejudice,” Rourke editor in chief Keli Sipperley said. “As children’s book publishers, we recognize our vital role in increasing the representation of people of color, religious minorities, people with disabilities, and others in the children’s book market, and we are making great strides.”

Interested in promoting awareness of the need for diversity in the children’s book market? Check out these websites, news articles, and blog posts:

We Need Diverse Books Website

Picture This: Reflecting Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing– Reading Spark

Children’s Books That Tackle Race and Ethnicity– New York Times

Finding Multicultural Children’s Books– Teaching For Change

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