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Why #BigFiveSignOn? #WNDB

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators | 2 comments

Why #BigFiveSignOn? #WNDB

Anne Sibley O’Brien Illustration Dear Publishers, Please sign up for the Diversity Baseline survey designed by Lee & Low. As they state, Our goal with the Diversity Baseline Survey is to establish a baseline that shows where we are now so we can start taking concrete steps to address the problem. The purpose is not to point fingers or to shame anyone. The purpose is to find out exactly who we are and where we are, as an industry, at this moment in time. You’ve seen the numbers: while more than 50% of our entering kindergarteners are children of color, only around 10% of our...

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Must Read

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Changing White Mind | 1 comment

Must Read

From sociologist Joe Feagin, interviewed in the New York Times, “American Racism in the ‘White Frame'”: “To understand well the realities of American racism, one must adopt an analytical perspective focused on the what, why and who of the systemic white racism that is central and foundational to this society … “Prejudice is much less than half the story. Because prejudice is only one part of the larger white racial frame that is central to rationalizing and maintaining systemic racism, one can be less racially prejudiced and still operate out of many other...

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Black Lives Matter

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | 2 comments

Black Lives Matter

Those of us who create and share children’s books don’t do so in a vacuum. This has been a heartbreaking year of growing awareness of and horror at the depth and pervasiveness of violence directed at the African American community. The frequency of the news stories and the terrible circumstances and outcomes can overwhelm any viewer with a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. But as advocates for children, when events shake our nation, we don’t have the option of being paralyzed. We are compelled to respond, to try to do something – anything – to make the...

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School Library Journal Diversity Issue

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | Comments Off on School Library Journal Diversity Issue

School Library Journal Diversity Issue

SLJ has just published a Diversity issue, and my colleague, Bates College Psychology Professor Krista Aronson, and I have a piece in it, based on Krista’s research: “How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance.”

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This Is a Crisis

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on This Is a Crisis

This Is a Crisis

    Note: This piece was originially published in my column, “The Illustrator’s Perspective,” in the September/October issue of the Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.   “The literature of America should reflect the children of America.” Lucille Clifton A New York Times story. A Children’s Book Council panel. An NPR “Morning Edition” feature story. Workshop sessions at the ALA’s summer convention. Jacqueline Woodson’s Coretta Scott King Award acceptance speech. These are just a...

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NPR story

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on NPR story

NPR story

This morning, NPR’s Morning Edition included a story, “As Demographics Shift, Kids’ Books Stay Stubbornly White,” about the difficulty of finding books depicting children of color. Good to see that the topic we’ve been discussing within the children’s book world may be going more mainstream. As I commented in response to the story, there’s a simple solution: Anyone who is concerned should go to the bookstore, find a beautiful book about a child of color, and buy it!  Then keep going back and buying, or asking the bookseller for, more books featuring...

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