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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Sunday, January 4, 2015
Lists, Lists, Lists- It's 2015!
Before I get to the lovely lists, I want to share some (more) anecdotal evidence that books really do
Now, onto the lists!
Lists of lists- a librarian's dream! We've entered the time of year when bibliographies abound and we review the past year. Here are a few highlights...my goal is to not overwhelm.
This affords a moment to look back at the work we've accomplished and look ahead to what more we will do. I've also added these lists to my Delicious page.
Kirkus Review's Best Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity 2014
Latinas for Latino Lit: Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2014
Best Multicultural Books of 2014- ALSC
Teaching For Change's Best Books of 2014
Welcoming School's Book List of Inclusive LGBT Families and Characters
First Book: The Stories for All Project
In a survey of more than 2,000 educators from First Book schools and programs, 90 percent of respondents agreed that the children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories and images that reflect their lives and their neighborhoods. We're not the first ones to address this problem. We know that if we want actually make a difference we need a market-driven, sustainable solution.