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Archives for May 2014

Video: “Do You Write About Race?” | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Authors address the topic of the day in this 12-minute clip from the “Diversity in Middle Grade Fiction” panel at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, held in New York on May 28, 2014.

How Diverse are Comics and Graphic Novels?

Diverse characters are on the rise in comics and graphic novels. But superhero comics remain predominantly white and male.

Bridging the Age Divide: Intergenerational Relationships | Focus On

These are books that bring together elders and youngsters, relatives and friends, as they explore the various roles of caregivers, mentors, and companions. The intergenerational relationships that are depicted can be richly rewarding, poignant, and sometimes wildly funny.

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“In the Margins” 2014 Nominees Announced

In the Margins (ITM), under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth in Custody, has announced the nominated titles for their 2014 book list. A couple may be familiar, but there are definitely some that will be new to you.

Seeking an LGBTQ Middle-Grade Blockbuster

Kids are coming out younger, reflecting their courage and desire to live authentic lives. Will the first major queer character for middle-graders emerge through a big publishing house—or find a voice through the chaotic fan fiction of the Internet?

How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance

A study by author Krista Maywalt Aronson revealed that children who looked at picture books portraying children from different races together reported more interest in playing across difference.

We Need Diverse Books . . . But Are We Willing to Discuss Them With Our Kids?

“If we want parents to have serious discussions about race with their four and five and six-year-olds then we need to have books that help to do this,” writes Betsy Bird on her blog A Fuse #8 Production. “A Picture Book Reading List for Discussing Race, Religion, and Alternative Lifestyles with the Young” is included.

An Expanded Cultural Diversity Booklist: SLJ Readers Respond

In response to the passionate and engaging conversation around the recent list of culturally diverse books, SLJ’s review editors asked readers and experts in the field to select titles for inclusion in this expanded list. Add your own favorite titles in the comments section.

Disabled Characters in YA Literature

Writer Carly Okyle was born with cerebral palsy—a movement disorder—in 1985. She writes of how growing up, she wasn’t exposed to disabled characters in books and television and how the media landscape has changed over time, with disability hitting the mainstream, including some worthy book titles.

Shining the Light on Pura Belpré’s Legacy | Libro por libro

Tim Wadham shares how Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, was a pioneer in the library field and influenced services and literature for Spanish-speaking patrons.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Dedicated to Diversity: Honoring Differences and More | Editorial

In this editorial, School Library Journal’s editor-in-chief Rebecca Miller pays tribute to the Diversity Issue, which highlights the ongoing need for more diverse representation in books published for children and teens, provides practical guidance for librarians and teachers, and so much more.

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School Librarian Talks to Students About ‘Whitewashing’ Children’s Book Covers

Bank Street School librarian Allie Bruce found herself facing a complicated question from a sixth grader about the lack of minorities on YA book covers, starting with Julia Alvarez’s Return to Sender. The question led Bruce on a year-long lesson on diversity in children’s literature with a sixth grade class and—some surprising results.

Preschool and the Income Gap: Libraries Must Step Up to Serve Children of Color | First Steps

The effects of the income gap are starkly evident in long-range studies of our youngest learners, making it critical for libraries to provide early learning services to those who need it the most: poor children.

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Jason Low Talks Diversity with Betsy Bird | SLJ Conversations

“While some might see diverse books as limited, we have found the exact opposite is true when discovering each book’s marketing potential. We are open to trying different approaches, depending on what the book is about.” Jason Low, Publisher, Lee & Low Books NOTE: SLJ Conversations is a sponsored supplement to SLJ‘s Extra Helping newsletter. This interview was commissioned by Lee & Low.

How Diverse is Librarianship? Check Out the Stats.

Our charts show the diversity of recent MLS grads vs. the general population.

SisOps: Girl-Friendly Tech Initiatives Challenge a Boys-Only Culture

New girl-friendly technology initiatives are challenging tech’s boys-only culture.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Children’s Books: Still an All-White World?

Nancy Larrick’s landmark 1965 study on race and children’s books was supposed to have been a wake-up call. Not much has changed.

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Representing the Muslim American Experience

In a world where misinformation about Muslim Americans takes place daily, we have a chance to build understanding among children through our library collections.

The Publishing Perspective on Diversity

The book community reflects on the issues, successes, and trends in addressing diversity in books for children and YA.

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Culturally Diverse Books Selected by SLJ’s Review Editors

Playing upon and expanding Rudine Sims Bishop’s framework for understanding multicultural literature for children, the SLJ Reviews Editors select their favorite recent titles.

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