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Diversity in STEM & Social Studies Titles

Over the last few years, the Youth Services team at Rochester Public Library (MN) has been asked to help diversify school curriculum support materials, including social studies and STEM.

These projects are a lot of fun and begin with the creation of a spreadsheet to document our finds, audit the materials for diversity & inclusion, identify subject matter, and review and track other factors instructors would like us to consider.

For example, we are currently working with the kindergarten curriculum subject “Our Country, It’s a Great Place” which covers understanding what it means to be an American Citizen, identifying symbols of the USA, immigration, and identifying leaders of today. A few of our recommendations are:

Picture of three of the recommended titles.

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes

V is for Voting by Kate Farrell

We are a Garden: How diversity took root in America by Lisa Westberg Peters & Victoria Tentler-Krylov

We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

What Does it Mean to Be American? By Rana DiOrio & Elad Yoran

What is a Refugee? By Elise Gravel

What’s the Big Deal About Americans? By Ruby Shamir

The following lists, which are prepared yearly in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council are valuable resources for this work and for keeping our collection up to date:

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Children

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Best STEM Books K-12

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