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Such revelations about how children of color need faces they can identify with and be proud of — and not just when reading about Harriet Tubman — help explain why, for instance, classics such as The Snowy Day caused such a sensation. When it was first published in it was revolutionary for a little black child to be depicted out in the snow playing like any other.
The book won a Caldecott medal and the character is still beloved in the US postal service issued a series of Snowy Day stamps. The hat stunt predictably backfired.
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Still, some feel that positioning creativity against representation politics is a false tradeoff. I do believe in creative freedom.
But he also thinks that if you are writing about people who have historically been harmed by dominant groups, your responsibilities to them as an author are great, and require a special level of care and consideration. In his case it was an introduction to the activist community and what it means to be an activist, in words a child can understand. He has now published a handful of politically oriented books for kids and young adults — including My Night in the Planetarium , a resistance story from his childhood in Indonesia — the latest of which comes out this fall.
But in his political kids book will have plenty of company — and not just from the dozens celebrating black hair or the rise of women in Stem , or even more overtly political ones paying tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Done poorly, such books can feel like opportunistic ploys for a buck — and some have been justly panned. Just to name a few.