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22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

In a vibrant, multicultural society, representing the richness of students’ lives in a class or school library takes a conscious effort. Including writers and fictional characters with a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, and life circumstances is a way to increase the chances that students will find both windows and mirrors in the library—books that reflect their lives, and ones that give them insight into the lives and experiences of people who aren’t like them. No book shelf is going to represent the fullness of this nation. From the descendants of people who arrived here more than 15,000 years ago to the newest immigrants, we’re simply too much. But the inclusive set of books below—many of which were recommended by multiple teachers—span all grade and Lexile levels up to 1140L, and include award winners and best sellers, books that have stood the test of time and newer options. Grades pre-K to 2 Grades 3 to 5 Grades 6 to 8 Grades 9 to 12

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7 Anti-Racist Children’s Books 2020 Photo: Retailers Many parents are wondering how to talk to their kids about the protests denouncing police brutality and systemic racism in response to the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade. If you are one of those parents, right now is a good time to start following black-owned bookstores, along with anti-racist educators and organizations like The Conscious Kid, Britt Hawthorne, Liz Kleinrock of Teach and Transform, and Joe Truss of Culturally Responsive Leadership on social media. Whether it’s in their Instagram stories or on their website, these people and places are posting curated anti-racist reading lists for children available to parents free of charge. To get you started, here are some of the most recommended kids’ books suggested by anti-racist educators and organizations, and black-owned bookstores (which we recommend visiting online when you’re ready to purchase). Recommended by: anti-racist educational organization Embrace Race.

Book Store Offers & Highlights We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. New releases banner Representation in Literature: Why It’s Important & How To Handle It ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® Happy to welcome Deborah Dixon, a passionate author, editor, and racial justice activist to talk a bit on Representation in Literature, a topic of importance and something I think many of us want to understand better so we can encourage the right sort of discussions and help bring about change. Please read on! The issue of representation has become an important one in literature and throughout the entertainment industry. As an author and publisher of color, I am often asked to offer insight on how best to include characters of diverse backgrounds. Specifically, this means characters from minority or underrepresented groups, such as ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ persons, religious minorities, those with disabilities, and to some extent, socioeconomic minorities. In this article, I will use the term “minority” to refer to members of all of these groups.

How Teenage Activists Are Talking to Family About Racial Injustice At dinner tables, chatter keeps turning to the treatment of Black Americans. In living rooms, U.S. history becomes fodder for debate. And on social media, difficult conversations across generations — long held privately — are now playing out in public, as many young Americans talk to their parents and older relatives about racism, police violence and protests around the world, and then post about it. As demonstrations in some cities push through a third month, many teenagers have kept conversations going at home. Some are creating and sharing Google Docs with resources like reading lists and videos.

Blog – The Tutu Teacher WE Teachers and a Pandemic Informed Community Educational Crafts for Kids #givingmore Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere – Spring 2020 – Kate Messner Hello, friends! I’m Kate Messner, a former classroom teacher, forever-educator, and the author of more than three dozen books for kids. These include picture books like Over and Under the Snow, The Brilliant Deep, and The Next President; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series; the Ranger in Time historical chapter book adventures; nonfiction like Tracking Pythons and Solve This: Forensics; and novels like All the Answers, Breakout, and Chirp. I’m happy that you found your way here! This is a library of resources for kids, families, teachers, and librarians to make sure that reading & learning can happen anywhere this spring. Some of you may be out of school as communities try to prevent the spread of a virus known as COVID-19.

Children’s Books with Positive Disability Representation - Growing a Reader: Kids' Books, Tips and More Reading about people who are different from you lets you imagine, reflect on, and learn about their lives. And sometimes it is good to read about someone who is like you, too! Celebrate and learn about diverse abilities through great stories. The Disability: Read Up On It! booklist is a collection of children's books featuring positive disability representation, including picture books, novels and nonfiction. Here are seven highlights from the list.

Classroom Discussions on Race: Hear What 5 Black Students Say They Need By Catherine Gewertz, Sarah Schwartz, and Madeline Will Thousands of high school students have participated in demonstrations against police killings of unarmed Black people. Some students are demanding that their school districts adopt anti-racist curricula. Stonewall Book Awards List The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Since Isabel Miller's Patience and Sarah received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. The Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Award-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award and the Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award are presented to English language works published the year prior to the announcement date. The award is announced in January and presented to the winning authors or editors at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June or July.

“Sesame Street” Books are Free on Kindle, Apple Books, and More It’s “free content day,” or at least it feels that way. If you’re kids already have enough screentime thanks to free Prime Video content, you could consider picking up Sesame Street eBooks. Yesterday, Sesame Workshop announced it a “Caring for Each other” initiative, along with free eBooks through Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. With so many schools closed everywhere, many parents are probably looking for more to do with their children. Entertainment is easy, but what about education?