August 17, 2017

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#SJYALit: Time For Confrontation: Moving Forward in the Diversity Conversation, a guest post by S. K. Ali

The first time I saw myself, I got scared. I was twelve and I’d brought my plate of lentils and rice into the living room in order to sit beside my dad as he watched the news. And there she was: a girl like me. On television. The girl had on a blue hijab exactly […]

Winning Is Contagious: Saul Ramirez on “The Champions’ Game”

Saul Ramirez, a middle school art teacher in Texas, challenged his mostly Latinx student population to becomes chess champions, setting them on a path to victory.

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Conversations in the Classroom | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable when discussing #OwnVoices books with kids, advises this school librarian.

Imagine Yourself a Young Reader in the Margins | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

A professor of education maintains that #OwnVoices books are the basis of today’s literacy curriculum.

Collection Development: Reflecting Our Communities | #OwnVoices: Three Takes

A children’s materials specialist provides practical advice for building a relevant #OwnVoices collection for kids.

Six YA Titles That Epitomize #OwnVoices

Blogger and librarian Sarah Hannah Gómez breaks down the real meaning of #ownvoices, and presents new YA titles about marginalized cultures by authors from the same groups.

11-Year-Old Starts Book Club for African American Boys

Fifth grader Sidney Keys’s “Books N Bros” club celebrates characters who are black—and gets boys reading.