Tag Archive: Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair

  1. Why Representation Matters in Children's Books & Media


    Well, when I was nine years old, Star Trek came on.  I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, ‘Come here, hum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t a maid!’  I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.
    Quote by Whoopi Goldberg.

    The reason why representation matters in children’s books and media is stressed greatly through Whoopi’s response to seeing a woman of color on television who did not depict stereotypical roles of African American women during that time.  When I ran across this posting on Tumblr, it resonated with the moment I had last week when I received my 1st book that depicted a character with a disability.  At almost 28 years old, I’ve never read a book where the protagonist was a person with a disability.  Even more shocking; I’ve never read a children’s book with a disabled female character as the lead.