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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 book community reflects on the issues, successes, and trends in addressing diversity in books for children and YA.
Playing upon and expanding Rudine Sims Bishop’s framework for understanding multicultural literature for children, the SLJ Reviews Editors select their favorite recent titles.
Wisconsin teacher librarian Crystal Brunelle has long prioritized advocating diverse children’s literature in school and libraries, but only in the last few years has she figured out a way to put her beliefs into everyday practice—which she offers in four handy tips.
The Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, and physical accessibility in libraries became federal law. However, nothing in the law requires library services to be disability-friendly, leaving it up to individual librarians, including Barbara Klipper, Renee Grassi, and Amy Price, to create library programs and tools for patrons with disabilities that other librarians can model.