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Lee and Low: Checklist: 8 Steps to Creating a Diverse Book Collection It’s not easy to create an inclusive book collection. Whether you’re a librarian creating a collection for an entire community, a teacher creating a collection for your classroom, or a parent creating a collection for your children, choosing books that reflect the diversity of human experience can be a challenging job. That’s because creating a diverse book collection is about more than just making sure X, Y, and Z are represented. Nonfiction Monday – Rounding up the best nonfiction for children and teens Lynn: You’d have to live in a cave in the wilderness not to know that far too many Americans have a very sketchy concept of what a fact actually is or how to verify it. The need to understand this important issue is one of national importance these days as it is clear that millions of adults don’t grasp the difference and the impact on our culture is stark. Here, with a great way to start addressing the issue, is Michael Rex with a fabulous picture book, Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots (Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, 2020).

Top 150 Recommended African-American Children’s Books Children’s book, authors, booksellers, and avid readers contributed their favorite children’s books, published bewteeen 1972 and 2019, to this list. We know children and young readers will enjoy most, if not all, of these books, because they have already brought joy to countless children. We recommend printed books for young readers, or when reading to a child. Here is a printable list of all the books on this list and a beautiful collage of the book’s covers.

Disrupting Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship: A Reading List This guide is in progress. Developed by Karla J. Strand, DPhil, MLISGender and Women’s Studies LibrarianUniversity of Wisconsin System 2019 This bibliography is number 89 in the series “Bibliographies in Gender and Women’s Studies,” published by the University of Wisconsin System Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian. Introduction This bibliography contains citations and links (when available) to resources focused on race, racism, and disrupting whiteness and white supremacy in libraries.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. NEW CSK BLOG: Follow the latest news and information from CSK on the brand new CSK Blog! To learn more, visit

Latest Blog Posts: Young-Adult Photo courtesy of Faith Erin Hicks, First Second Books A 2018 upper-middle-grade title I recently read contained a throwaway comment by a character who commented that his family seemed “almost normal” in comparison to someone else’s. This was a 12-year-old boy from a family of white, cisgender, straight, middle-class people. What made this character’s family seem not normal were that his parents were divorced and he had a stepdad and half sister.

Latino & Multicultural Resources - Pat Mora On this page you'll find links to an extensive list of Latino Authors and Illustrators, resources for serving Latino children and families and more. Sampler of Latino Children's and YA Authors and IllustratorsBrowse the Sampler Publishing for the U.S.Latino PopulationRead now “Nation’s Population One-Third Minority” reads the headline of a news release from the U.S. Census Bureau dated May 10, 2006. The release states that Hispanics are the fastest-growing and largest group at 42.7 million. Book Review: ‘The Sum of Us,’ by Heather McGhee Hinton Rowan Helper was an unreserved bigot from North Carolina who wrote hateful, racist tracts during Reconstruction. He was also, in the years leading up to the Civil War, a determined abolitionist. His 1857 book, “The Impending Crisis of the South,” argued that chattel slavery had deformed the Southern economy and impoverished the region. Members of the plantation class refused to invest in education, in enterprise, in the community at large, because they didn’t have to. Helper’s concern wasn’t the enslaved Black people brutalized by what he called the “lords of the lash”; he was worried about the white laborers in the South, relegated by the slave economy and its ruling oligarchs to a “cesspool of ignorance and degradation.”

2020 Diverse Summer Reading List Let’s kick off summer with our engaging, printable Diverse Summer Reading List that will get all kids engaged in reading! Our list includes both fiction and nonfiction, bilingual Spanish/English titles, and a diverse range of cultures—in other words, the right book for every reader! You can find the full Summer Reading collection here. Latest Blog Posts: Children's Photo courtesy of ekMEDIA It’s time to celebrate that most secular of holidays, Banned Books Week. Observed annually in the final week of September by a coalition that includes the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, among other organizations, Banned Books Week celebrates every reader’s freedom to read whatever they want, without barrier or censure. When I was a children’s librarian, I took great delight in assembling my annual display, festooning it with yellow police-line tape ... Dick and Jane may be rolling over in their literary graves at the notion of a beginning reader about a (mostly) dim-witted, boxers-wearin’ dude named Brain, who is eager for others to smell his foot.