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Emily Weissenborn (they/she) is currently attending Fresno State University as an exchange student from Heidelberg University in Germany. They have studied English with an emphasis in literature since 2019. In Spring 2022, she took the Diverse BookFinder course at Fresno State. Previously, she attended Lycée Richelieu in Paris, France. After graduation, which will hopefully be ...continue reading "Centered and Background LGBTQIAP2S+ Identities: How are LGBTQIAP2S+ Stories Told Today?"

Lisely Laboy is the project manager at Diverse BookFinder. Lisely holds a master's degree in Information and Library Sciences from Florida State University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She has 10 years of public library experience, including time as a programming librarian for children and teens. So ...continue reading "Diverse Reads for Every Season: Dive Into Summer"
Covers of Picture Book Biographies Featuring AAPI People

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, honoring the past and present contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander people to the creation and prosperity of the United States of America. Like other cultural commemorations (Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, etc.) Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates people from a vast variety of nations ...continue reading "Revisiting Who’s Missing in Asian and Pacific Islander American Biographies"
Two mothers stand in the snow beside their daughter, on the right side a large green and yellow dragon is depicted in the clouds

Illustration by Basia Tran from My Footprints by Bao Phi (Capstone Press, 2020) Laura Gaskill (she/her) recently graduated with an MLIS degree from San Jose State University, and is currently an intern at the Diverse BookFinder. She is excited to advocate for diverse and inclusive representation in children’s literature, and strives to make library spaces ...continue reading "LGBTQ+ Representation in Diverse Picture Books"

Illustrations by Briana Dengoue from April & Mae and the Book Club Cake by Megan Dowd Lambert The Diverse BookFinder expands In the fall of 2021, the Diverse BookFinder was awarded a three-year National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fund a project titled: Middle Grade and Young Adult ...continue reading "Exploring Cross-Group Relationships in Older Children’s Books"

Featured Image - Illustration by Elise Gravel from What Is A Refugee? Lisely Laboy is the project manager at Diverse BookFinder. Lisely holds a master's degree in Information and Library Sciences from Florida State University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She has 10 years of public library ...continue reading "Building Empathy with Picture Books: The Refugee Journey"

Diana Palacio is an online MLIS graduate student at the University of Washington, and one of the Diverse BookFinder’s winter interns. She works part-time as a library assistant and is slowly gaining more experience in the children’s library department. Why Incorporate Diversity Into Storytime? Storytime is a great opportunity to provide windows, mirrors, and sliding ...continue reading "Using Diverse Picture Books in Storytime"

Illustration by Luisa Uribe from Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow Lisely Laboy has joined the Diverse BookFinder team as the new project manager. She will work with us to expand the Diverse BookFinder database to include Middle Grade and Young Adult books. Lisely comes to us with a master's degree in Information ...continue reading "What Do People Call You? – Meet our New Project Manager"

Illustration by Yesenia Moises from Honeysmoke by Monique Fields “What color am I?”  My 6-year-old has been asking questions lately as she thinks about how to describe herself to her friends. Given her age, she’s thinking about this in a very concrete way. I’m the Director of the Diverse BookFinder. In addition to co-founding and ...continue reading "“What Color Am I?”: Mixed-race Identity & the “Perfect” Book"
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