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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Do you want to see more multicultural books at Barnes & Noble?

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Meera and I got talking after she wrote her fantastic article 10 Reasons Parents Should Read Multicultural Books to Kids. We felt we had a responsibility to let Barnes & Noble know how we felt about their children’s book selection, particularly that multicultural titles are so poorly represented. So we put together this letter and sent it to them. Here is the beginning:

 

Dear Barnes & Noble,

 

We love the diverse selection of books you offer and how much fun our children have browsing through books and games every time we come in to your store. We frequently purchase books for presents on our way to a birthday party but we always notice something is missing when we browse the children’s section: more multicultural children’s literature. Read more here.

 

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If you feel compelled to see more multicultural titles at Barnes&Noble, please feel free to email or tweet them:

 

B&N Email: mkeating@bn.com

B&N Twitter @BNBuzz

 

Sample text for twitter: I would love to see more multicultural children’s books in your stores. It’s important for all of these reasons: http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/07/10-reasons-to-read-multicultural-books-to-your-kids

 

If you want to send them a letter, you are free to grab ours and tweak it as you see fit. Here is a link to our letter:

http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/07/open-letter-to-barnes-noble/

© 2012 – 2013, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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2 Comments
  1. CommentsTen Reasons Parents Should Read Multicultural Books to Kids | InCultureParent   |  Tuesday, 03 July 2012 at 1:45 pm

    […] literature is important, then help us tell Barnes & Noble to improve their selection: http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/07/do-you-want-to-see-more-multicultural-books-at-barnes-noble/ 6 comments PRINT […]

  2. CommentsAisha G of HartlynKids   |  Thursday, 05 July 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Great idea – I tweeted!!! Our books are on B&N.com but I’d love to see our books and the books of other multicultural authors and publishers ON THE SHELVES!!!









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