What does it mean to a child to see themselves reflected in picture book? And what does it mean when they can’t find themselves?

It’s oftentimes difficult for children of color to find themselves reflected in picture books and young adult literature. In fact, according to a study by the Copperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, only 93 children’s books of 3,200 published in 2013, were about black people. That’s just about 3%, at a time when the general population is becoming more diverse.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Library and Baltimore City Public Schools, decided to help make books that look more like our children easier to find — and the authors and illustrators that bring them to life — in a festive literary celebration on May 10th.

For the second year in a row, local and award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators will gather at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a celebration of stories. This FREE event is open to the public.

What can you expect at the festival? Readings by authors, talks with illustrators, cultural performances, interactive storytelling with a griot, and craft activities. Special guests include illustrator and Maryland native Bryan Collier, presenting his latest book, Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me. Mayor Stephani Rawlings-Blake will be onsite as a special guest reader.

Best part? As we mentioned before, It’s 100% FREE! (And includes free admission to the museum between 1 PM and 4 PM on Saturday).

African American Children's Book Fair - (cool) progeny

2nd Annual African American Children’s Book Fair

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Saturday, May 10, 20141 PM – 4 PM


This article is sponsored by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.