Quote of the Week
It was interesting to hear my White students say that they think that books do a good job of representing diverse characters. My students of color at this time did not say anything. I did not add to the conversation and I ended the conversation at this point.
It was eye opening to my students. My White students seemed surprised by what my students of color were sharing. I then wrapped up our conversation saying that history and books often overlook certain groups of people and that this year we will be learning about many points of view.
— by Sarah Halter Hahesy
“Transparency About the Lack of Racial Diversity in Children’s Books”
from Raising Race Conscious Children
Viewpoints & Practical Suggestions
Transparency About the Lack of Racial Diversity in Children’s Books by Sarah Halter Hahesy — from Raising Race Conscious Children
Supplement Materials to Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Children’s/YA Publishing in 2015 by Harold Underdown — from The Purple Crayon
YA Authors Talk Social Media, Research Process…and Spill Secrets by Mahnaz Dar — from School Library Journal
‘Tis The Season (to contemplate on best books for young readers)
Calling Caldecott (for potential Caldecott Contenders) moderated by the Horn Book staff — from The Horn Book Magazine
Heavy Medal moderated by Jonathan Hunt & Nina Lindsay (for potential Newbery Contenders) — from The School Library Journal
Someday My Printz Will Come (for potential Printz Contenders) moderated by Karyn Silverman, Sarah Couri, and Joy Piedmont — from The School Library Journal
The National Book Award Winners 2015 — from The National Book Foundation
CYBILS Awards — from CYBILS
I gathered these entries from various sources such as Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and specific sites that I follow such as Educating Alice, Pub Peeps, Book Riot, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, We Need Diverse Books, American Indians in Children’s literature, etc.