2023 is bringing some big changes and new content for the Diverse BookFinder! We're so excited to share new things with you, but you may notice some changes to our site as well. We've put together the FAQ below to give you all the information you'll need about the changes coming to the Diverse BookFinder. ...continue reading "New Year, New Us – Diverse BookFinder in 2023"
Category: About Us
The mission, vision and goal of Diverse BookFinder, as well as our goals, vocabulary and what you need to know to make the most of our collection.
What Do People Call You? – Meet our New Project Manager
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"
Picture Book Portrayals of Economic Struggle in the U.S.: What do the numbers say?
This guest post is co-authored by our summer MLIS graduate student interns, Karen Wang and Sanura Williams. The topic was inspired by Bates student Alex Gilbertson '22, from one of her final projects for our Co-founder and Director Dr. Krista Aronson's Psychology course called "The Power of Picture Books." Here at the Diverse BookFinder, our ...continue reading "Picture Book Portrayals of Economic Struggle in the U.S.: What do the numbers say?"
“I HATE FICTION!” — Choosing Diverse Books for Particular Readers
Last week Director Krista Aronson and I, as cofounders of the Diverse BookFinder, had the pleasure of joining Andrew Grant-Thomas and Melissa Giraud of EmbraceRace, for a webinar as a follow-up to our action guide on selecting “good” books among those featuring characters who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). One of our ...continue reading "“I HATE FICTION!” — Choosing Diverse Books for Particular Readers"
Happy New Year — All Year Round!
Happy 2020! Perhaps, like people all around the world who follow the Gregorian calendar, you just marked the new year with ceremony, ritual, or a party. (My husband and I sent our daughter and son-in-law out for their first date in six months while we stayed in with our grandchildren. As our new granddaughter slept, ...continue reading "Happy New Year — All Year Round!"
Romps, Adventures & Fantasies: Where are All the Kids of Color?!
Our December Shelfie comes to you from our Advisory Council member, Kait Feldmann. Kait joined Scholastic in May of 2014 and is an Editor at Orchard Books, where she is building a list of picture books and graphic novels. Kait is a proud hapa (mixed-race Chinese) and founding member of People of Color in Publishing. She ...continue reading "Romps, Adventures & Fantasies: Where are All the Kids of Color?!"
Every Day Books for Every Child
“Any Child: Books featuring BIPOC in which race, ethnicity, tribal affiliation, culture, im/migration, and/or religious, sacred, or origin stories are not central to the story. These elements may be present, but they are not essential to the plot and could be changed without altering the storyline.” Over the next few months, we'll be featuring a list ...continue reading "Every Day Books for Every Child"
How to Gain Support for & Navigate Challenges to Diversifying Your Library’s Collection
Photo Credit: Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash In October, we launched our free, online Collection Analysis Tool (CAT) -- funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services -- to help librarians across the nation diversify their bookshelves. A recent survey done by School Library Journal indicates that the majority of librarians feel it is "very ...continue reading "How to Gain Support for & Navigate Challenges to Diversifying Your Library’s Collection"
How Our Book Categories & Race/Culture Tagging System Can Benefit You
This post was written collaboratively by our three founders -- Brenna Callahan (Bates Alum), Dr. Krista Aronson (Professor of Psychology), and Anne Sibley O'Brien (picture book creator). There are a lot of things that make the Diverse BookFinder one-of-a-kind within the broader diverse books movement. But there’s one thing in particular that draws the most ...continue reading "How Our Book Categories & Race/Culture Tagging System Can Benefit You"
A Critical Look at #OwnVoices Books
I was really eager to read this set of #OwnVoices books with the expectation that they would be ones with which I could identify. But by the time I was halfway through, the characters and their stories felt foreign to me. After a summer as the Diverse BookFinder’s student research fellow, racial and cultural representation in ...continue reading "A Critical Look at #OwnVoices Books"