Resources for Diversity

Resources for Diversity

Diversity can be easy for some but for others it must be learned. Below I have listed some good resources for learning and teaching about diversity.

1. We Need Diverse Books – https://diversebooks.org/resources/

It’s hard to think diverse books without thinking about the We Need Diverse Books movement. Their website is also full of resources for diversifying your library, classroom, or home. There is even a section for writers looking to write more diverse books. A great all-around resource.

2. American Library Association – http://www.ala.org/aboutala/diversity

Bet you didn’t think they would be on this list but the ALA is a great place to find diversity resources. First off, they do a great job of explaining exactly why diversity is needed, why in the library, and why the ALA is involved. There is even a section about ‘What YOU can do’ which list all the ways in which you can contribute to diversifying your library for a healthier community. They award individuals and groups for outstanding contributions to promoting equality. They offer a graphics catalog where you can order an array of posters and products that celebrate and promote diversity. They even have ethnic caucuses for each diverse group.

3. Hijabi Librarian – https://hijabilibrarians.com/

A good source for reviews of Muslim literature for children and teens by Muslim-American reviewers. In their own words:

We aim to recognize, celebrate, and honor the books and authors that get it right.

– The Muslim Librarians About Us Page

4. Diverse Book Finder – https://diversebookfinder.org/

The title says it all. This is a comprehensive collection of children’s picture books featuring Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color (BIPOC). However, it is not a list of recommended titles so it is good to look up reviews of these titles elsewhere. It is a great place to start though when you just don’t know where to find your next diverse children’s book.

5. How to Choose Outstanding Multicultural Books – https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/how-choose-best-multicultural-books/

A great article by Scholastic in partnership with multiple authors that includes 50 book recommendations and some great insight as to what makes a great diverse children’s books that transcends stereotypes.

6. Teaching Books – https://www.teachingbooks.net/show.cgi?f=instruct/literacy_diverse

A great resource that lets you choose books by the award, grade level, and other specifications. Their special Teach Diverse Books section lets you pick between diverse awards like the Coretta Scott King Book Award, American Indian Youth Literature Award, Asian / Pacific American Award for Literature, and many others.

7. CBC Diversity – http://www.cbcdiversity.com/

A great blog to keep on on the latest diversity in children’s books topics run by the Children’s Book Council. They also offer many more resources on the site for teachers and librarians, parents and caregivers, writers, and more.

8. Here We Read – http://hereweeread.com/2019/11/the-2020-ultimate-list-of-diverse-childrens-books.html

A great blog with plenty of resources including reviews and lists of African American books.

9. Social Justice Books – https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/

A list of more than 60 carefully selected multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators.

10. Reading Rockets Book Finder – https://www.readingrockets.org/bookfinder

A great book finder that lets you narrow down by age range, genre, format, reading level, topics, and countries and regions.

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