Diversity is a big issue. The world is a diverse place full of people with different backgrounds, experiences, traditions, the list goes on. And yet somehow I find myself surrounded by books featuring the same type of characters. White, able-bodied, cis-gendered, and straight. According to the American Library Association’s State of American Libraries (2016) out of the top 10 most challenged books that year 9 included diverse content. Students don’t see themselves reflected in library collections, or when they do those books are challenged. What message does that send to our children? We are telling them that their very existence is offensive. As a school librarian I intend to make it my mission to stock my library with books that show students that people like them matter. Their stories matter. They matter.
That’s why when I came across the site Social Justice Books I was so excited.
SocialJusticeBooks.org is a project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. Teaching for Change developed SocialJusticeBooks.org in 2017 to identify and promote the best multicultural and social justice children’s books, as well as articles and books for educators.
Their “about” page has this beautiful infographic that they encourage others to share
Huyck, David, Sarah Park Dahlen, Molly Beth Griffin. (2016 September 14). Diversity in Children’s Books 2015 infographic. sarahpark.com blog. Retrieved from https://readingspark.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/picture-this-reflecting-diversity-in-childrens-book-publishing/
What a great visual and a great resource!