Blogger Stacy Dillon

Diversify

If you are online at all, you have to be seeing posts about why we need diverse books as well as ways to diversify your own collection.  I have always considered myself a librarian who keeps her eyes open for new diverse titles, and tries to find ways to incorporate them into my work.  But when I faced facts, I realized that I could be doing more, so I am planning on making some curricular changes.

While I always make sure to book-talk titles with diverse characters and situations, I don’t always do the best job with the reading aloud (especially of chapter books for the younger set).  My next two read aloud chapter book read alouds feature characters of color, including Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix Up, and Ruby Lu Brave and True.

The second change I am making is incorporating a Coretta Scott King illustrator study into my curriculum.  I have always done a Caldecott study, which features some diversity to be sure, but I want to be more direct in the study and celebration of illustrators of color.

Diversity work and social justice work is very important to me personally and to my school as well.  I am looking forward to hearing what programs/curricular pieces/author studies you have in place or are planning.

 

One comment

  1. Sarah West

    I find it difficult to find good read alouds for storytimes that are diverse. I tend to use a lot of animal books but wish I could find more with diverse characters. The other thing I find hard is finding books for school age readers that are diverse without focusing on that diversity.

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