I am an elementary school librarian in an urban setting in Massachusetts. Through the work of creating a more representative and inclusive library collection for my students, I learned a lot about the politics of the publishing industry, the accepted institutional racism and purposeful exclusion of communities in books and that we should be outraged at the continued disenfranchisement of our children.
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Series of Series: Amy Hodgepodge

Amy Hodgepodge is a series about a multiracial girl, Amy. From the publisher, "From comedic entertainer Kim Wayans and her writer husband, Kevin Knotts, comes a dynamic chapter book series that gives a face and a voice to multiracial children. Children of all races will identify with Amy Hodgepodge because it deals with universal themes such as feeling "different," being teased, and making new friends. Celebrate what makes you unique with the one and only Amy Hodgepodge!"  

Amy and her family.


I like this series because so many children can identify with the themes presented. It is also is unique for children who are multiracial to find a series that may mirror them. The authors sat down with blogger Honey Smoke a few years ago for an interview. Here's what they had to say about how important it was for children to "see themselves" on a book cover:

 Children, especially those of color, are almost magnetized by the covers of the books, because it’s so rare that they get to see beautiful images of kids that look like them on a book cover!  Sad, but true.

For the rest of the interview, click here. For more information and fun activities for Amy Hodgepodge, click here.

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