I was thrilled to join Dr. Corey Emanuel for the inaugural “Tough Talk Tuesday” at World Explorers Group. Our topic: Creating a Diverse & Inclusive Family Library.
Go here for the Webinar recording.
Evaluating Your Family Library from Dr. Corey Emanuel
Children’s books inform the formation of identity and can help young children appreciate people with individual characteristics that differ from their own. Use books throughout your child’s early life to plant the seeds for bigger “real world” conversations that will come later.
Questions to ask yourself when evaluating your family library:
1. If it’s picture books, how is my child represented in the images? If they aren’t represented in the pictures at all, what does that mean?
2. What do the stories tell my child about others? Do they educate, inform, and/or affirm others’ differences?
3. Are the representations realistic? Are characters multi-dimensional, experiencing a range of emotions, reveal cultural nuances?
Family Friendly Reminders
+There’s more risk with not telling them enough than telling them too much.
+You can admit you don’t have all the answers and that you need to do more research.
+There’s no singular “talk.” There SHOULD be a series of talks.
+Introduce certain concepts at certain ages.
Recommended Reading & Book Lists from Mia Wenjen
Are Slant Eyes Racist? Portraying Asians in Children’s Books
“[Asians] are not a monolithic group. There’s nothing in our DNA that binds all Asian-Americans together. No group identifiable by race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion is unanimous in terms of how they approach justice, even if they share the same values. We’re far more diverse than stereotypes allow.”
Children’s Books about Skin Color
Celebrate diversity with these videos and children’s books about skin color. Combine these books with lessons on skin color and the beauty in all shades. Pulitzer Prize author Alice Walker coined the term “colorism” in 1982 to mean the “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.”
Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents – Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Welcome! The following is a downloadable/clickable “List of Lists” designed so that parents, teachers, and caregivers can find the multicultural and diverse book titles for kids that they are in need of. These lists are broken down into easy-to-find topics and themes. Every blue title is a link to more book lists on that topic.
White Privilege Books for Kids
Racism in the United States has existed since the colonial era when white Americans were given legally or socially sanctioned privileges and rights while these same rights were denied to other races and minorities. from Wikipedia Today, with the help of Bethany Edwards, founder of Biracial Bookworms, and her daughter Havana, we are tackling a controversial topic that we hope will help
Can I Be President Too? Children’s Book | Corey Emanuel, Author, Scholar
Readers learn about the role of the President of the United States as well as the campaign process that precedes the presidential election through the eyes of the character, Henry Hopeful, who is inspired by Barack Obama.
Sumo Joe makes Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list!
Thank you to Ariel Gordon Bernstein for the heads up that Sumo Joe was included in Bank Street College’s The Best Children’s Books of the Year! I never would have thought to check. I have recently been submitting manuscripts to literary agents and am in recovery for rejection.
How To Coach Girls wins Silver Award!
We are thrilled to announce that How To Coach Girls won a Silver Award in the 31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™! The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, which include over fifty categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.
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BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.