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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Future Children to Read

14 Nov

There are so many amazing books available to kids in this day and age. It was hard to pick just ten, but I focused on ten titles that show a wide diversity in terms of culture, gender, race, ability, socioeconomic status and more. It’s important for kids to see all different type of people in books and I think these titles are a great place to start for middle grade readers looking for diversity.


  1. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  3. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  5. George by Alex Gino
  6. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  7. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  8. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  9. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish


Multi-Cultural Night

2 Aug

Multiculturalism.jpgThis is one of my favorite programs we put together at our library – we’ve done this a few times. What makes it absolutely amazing is that we ask our patrons to share their culture which means we get an authentic look into a variety of cultures in just one evening. Each patron/family sets up a table with clothing, household goods, toys, food, etc. to share with attendees. We also invite local dance schools to highlight different music and dance – this year we had Mexican folk dancing and a variety of other dances including the tarantella and an old fashioned square dance.

This is a wonderful program to support the multi-cultural community we live in  and with 150 people in attendance, I think it was well worth the time and organization to bring it all together. I won’t share program photos here on my blog, but it was wonderful to see a diverse crowd of people learning and exploring new cultures in an environment that lent itself to asking questions and understanding. Because, when it comes down to it.. that’s what we all need, kindness, empathy and understanding.

10 Picture Books for Lunar New Year

27 Jan

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I know that Lunar New Year is celebrated in more than just the Chinese culture, unfortunately it is extremely difficult to find titles for Lunar New Year celebrations in other Asian countries (although I did find one). Enjoy these great titles and as always, let me know of others that you love to read!

  1. My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
  2. A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong
  3. The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K. Vaughan
  4. The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey
  5. Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn B. Otto
  6.  Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
  7. Happy, Happy Chinese New Year! by Demi
  8. The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
  9. Ten Mice for Tet by (Vietnamese Lunar New Year)
  10. This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong

Happy Kwanzaa! 10 Read Aloud Titles for Kwanzaa

26 Dec


That aren’t too many Kwanzaa children’s picture books out there, so here’s a list of just a few titles that I could find.  If you  have any other suggestions, please let me know!  Enjoy!

  1. Kwanzaa Kids by Joan Holub
  2. Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington
  3. The Gifts of Kwanzaa by Synthia Saint James
  4. Kwanzaa by Lisa M. Herrington
  5. Kwanzaa by Sheila Anderson
  6. My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz
  7. The Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitrea Tokunbo
  8. Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis
  9. K Is For Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book by Juwanda G. Ford
  10. The Seven Days of Kwanzaa by Angela Shelf Medearis

Diversity Resources

3 Mar

There’s a lot of talk about diversity in children’s literature, but it may be difficult to actually find information.  I’ve found a few valuable resources (I’m sure there are a bunch more!) that make finding information a whole lot easier!

1.) We Need Diverse Books

An official campaign that began on social media to begin a discussion about the importance of diverse books for children.

2.) CBC Diversity (Children’s Book Council)

The Children’s Book Council works closely with libraries and publishers and has provided a number of resources on their diversity website.

3.) Day of Diversity (ALA & ALSC)

Although this was a one-day event during ALA Midwinter, this webpage has some great resources about the importance of diversity.

4.) Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)

Looking for statistics about diversity?  Look no further than the CCBC!

5.) SLJ Diversity Resources

School Library Journal has compiled a number of resources about collection development , interviews with experts in the field, and other recommended website to visit!

Let me know if you have any great resources that must be shared!  I’m always looking for new/more information!

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