Invisible Storybook: Carol Cabrera, 2016
Carol Cabrera, was recently featured on NBC News for her project Invisible Storybook, which she developed earlier this year. It was created following research she conducted on representation in children’s storybooks, where she found in a survey by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, that of 3,600 books for children released in 2012, a mere 2.1 percent were about or written by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, 3.3 percent were about or written by African Americans, 1.5 percent were about or written by Latinos, and 0.6 percent were about or written by American Indians.
In response to these statistics, Cabrera reached out to friends in San Diego to form the Invisible Storybook team. Their mission focused on collaborating with underrepresented communities to create children’s storybooks, which represented that community’s experiences, hopes, and dreams. The project became a way for Cabrera to increase representation among Filipino Americans in order for children from those communities to see themselves in the media they consume.
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