Diversity in childrensbooks

 

 

 

In Mylo Freeman's picturebooks you will mainly see colored children as the main character.

Why is that?

 

A number of years ago Mylo heard a story about a little girl called Jahkini. She was given the role of princess in a schoolplay but she categorically refused. 'Black princesses do not exist!', she answered. After Mylo heard this story she decided to do something about it right away. She decided to make a picturebook about a black princess and that became princess Arabella! Meanwhile there are 13 books published, an app and a theatreplay is on the way!

 

In the world of picturebooks there is still a need for many more books with children from a different ethnic background as main characters. A beautiful way for children to identify with themselves and each other .

 

'Children growing up need mirrors and windows. Most colored children only see the world through windows and they need mirrors.

Other children only see mirrors and they need to learn to see the world through windows.'