Building Community through Diversity
Please check out some of the following resources for learning about diversity with your family and community.
Disability in Kid Lit is a site dedicated to “discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature – and always from the disabled perspective.” You can find reviews and recommendations of books, including author interviews, for all manner of disability topics.
Clasp (Consortium of Latin America Studies Programs) has a variety of resources for teaching and learning about Latin America such as curriculum, syllabi, lending libraries, professional development, and teaching rewards. CLASP also “founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.”
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association publishes a newsletter to promote education regarding Asian/Pacific American topics. They also have book lists for the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, which has a goal “to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.”
The American Indian Library Association has resources and book lists from the American Indian Youth Literature Aware. You can find some reviews of books featuring American Indians on the website.
American Indians in Children’s Literature has lists of books and resources and to help promote representation of American Indians in literature.
Africa Access offers book reviews, media links, and teaching resources. YOu can also find the Children’s Africana Book Awards here.
Diversity in YA offers lists of books representing diversity and aimed at Young Adults. Check out author interviews and more.
The Mission of the Children´s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group is to promote the educational use of children’s books by focusing on recently published children’s literature, supportive professional books, issues relative to children’s literature, and current research findings.
We Need Diverse Books is “a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”
¡Colorín Colorado! offers a multitude of resources regarding teaching ELLS, raising bilingual children, suggestions for books for all ages from children to professionals, guides and toolkits, as well as support.
A Mighty Girl has suggested resources regarding girls, women, science, and various topics regarding diversity. Check out their books, other suggested products, from movies, to music, and more, as well their articles regarding diversity. They even have suggestions to help you start a book club. A Mighty Girl is not just for girls.
The Diversity Council works “to educate people to embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community.” The site has information for educational programs, raining programs and tool kits, a film lending library, and more.
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices. The site has various resources and instruction for helping drive a better understanding of diversity and inclusion.