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Assessing and Selecting for your Collection
Classroom Library Questionnaire- Lee and Low
Educators, how culturally responsive and diverse is your
classroom library? Use the following questions as a guide to
analyze your classroom library book collections and determine
where there are strengths and where there is room to grow.
Visit our collection development page for book lists, articles, blogs, and websites
Diverse Book Resources
Visit our Diverse Book Resources page for lists of websites that may help your curate your collection.
Diversifying Your Classroom Book Collections? Avoid these 7 Pitfalls
This KQED article by Kara Newhouse gives both practical tips as well as specific book recommendations.
Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books
The visual and verbal messages young children absorb from books (and other media) heavily influence their ideas about themselves and others. Depending on the quality of the book, they can reinforce (or undermine) children’s affirmative self-concept, teach accurate (or misleading) information about people of various identities, and foster positive (or negative) attitudes about diversity.
Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection (WebJunction)
Do you feel it is important to have a diverse children’s collection, but don’t always know where to start? The Diverse BookFinder Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is specifically designed to help you diversify your picture book collection. This free, online resource allows you to upload a single file and get a snapshot of WHO is (which racial/cultural groups are) represented—and how—in your collection.
Reading Racism in Dr. Seuss
Atlantic interview with Philip Nel, scholar and professor of children's literature at Kansas State University, which addresses what to do about problematic classic children's literature in light of racist imagery and content.
Where To Find Diverse Books
Extensive list of book lists from the editors at We Need Diverse Books.
Diversity/ Inclusivity in Publishing
Mirrors, Windows, Sliding Glass Doors- Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tackling Racism in Children's Litrature
From Diversity to Inclusion: How to Audit Your Collection and Why resources
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