Posts Tagged "diverse children’s books"

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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Collection Launched!

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Diverse & Global Books, Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Collection Launched!

Collection Launched!

We had a delightful gathering for our reception last Thursday for The Picture Book Project: A Bates College Collection Portraying People of Color.   The Picture Book Project team: Bates College Professor Krista Aronson, with baby Hope; me; students Gift Pola Kiti, Caroline Kern and Brenna Callahan   Attendees included students and faculty from Bates and people from the wider community including Tilbury House, the Maine State Library, and the Maine Humanities Council…            and best of all, children....

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The Picture Book Project

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Diverse & Global Books, Events & Presentations , Race & Culture | Comments Off on The Picture Book Project

The Picture Book Project

You are invited to the launch of  The Picture Book Project A Bates College Collection Portraying People of Color May 21st  4-6pm Bates College Ladd Library RSVP ralbitz@bates.edu Light refreshments will be served Come celebrate with other parents, teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers and researchers who share an interest in diverse children's books. Hear about the collection, peruse the books and learn how you can check them out for personal or professional use. Founded by Krista Aronson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Bates, in collaboration with Anne Sibley...

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Take Action for Diverse Children’s Books

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Diverse & Global Books, Events & Presentations  | Comments Off on Take Action for Diverse Children’s Books

Take Action for Diverse Children’s Books

Here’s a great report by Charlesbridge Editorial Director Yolanda Scott on the May 14 event, “A Place at the Table.”   Yolanda Scott (center) listens to Francisco Stork (right) Hosted by CBC Diversity, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons and the Horn Book, and presented in partnership with Children’s Books Boston, the gathering featured six authors (including me) speed-dating by briefly introducing our work at each of six tables, followed by discussion questions with participants about promoting diversity in children’s...

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Diverse Kids in Peril

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Diverse & Global Books | Comments Off on Diverse Kids in Peril

Diverse Kids in Peril

Some of the discussion on what’s missing in diverse books has focused on the absence of diverse characters in stories that young readers can’t wait to pick up. I’ve just read three thrillers starring young people who happen to be of color – one Indian American, one Mexican, and one African American (the last two are biracial with one white parent): Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi Twins Holly and Corey and their best friend/girlfriend Savitri are free-runners whose urban playground is Chicago until a shocking, random act of violence changes their lives forever. Part...

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