When I wrote my first children's book, the story was based on a family event. We are Irish/Italian primarily. Pretty white. Mom, Dad, brother, sister. However, I did have some choices when it came to illustrations. I decided to have a mixed-race family because there aren't many characters out there for those families. But, making characters in a children's book different skin tones is easy. What am I to do about all of the different traits my daughter was asking for?
It's an area I'm not personally familiar with, and I want to stay authentic. I'm glad my daughter has faith in me and things I might write in the future. It does give me a lot to think about.