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Gaby Jones (maiden name: Farrera) is an MLIS graduate student at Texas Woman’s University with 15 years of experience as a bilingual elementary teacher, and a current intern at the Diverse BookFinder. No student should have to “leave themselves at the door” or feel that part of who they are is not welcome at school.  ...continue reading "Welcoming Spanglish in the Classroom"

Areli Morales Romero was born in Puebla, Mexico, but was raised in New York City. She is a DACA recipient, and Areli Is a Dreamer is her debut children's book. A graduate of CUNY-Brooklyn College with a bachelor's degree in childhood bilingual education, she currently works as a substitute teacher. One day, Areli hopes to have her ...continue reading "“I was a child of two worlds — a Mexican citizen by birth but raised as an American.” An author interview with Areli Morales Romero"

Amy George (maiden name: Villagomez) is an MLIS graduate student at the University of Maryland with a focus on diversity and inclusion and a current intern at the Diverse BookFinder. Illustration by Thao Lam from Thao. Back to school is around the corner and as a parent I am nostalgic for buying school supplies and ...continue reading "What’s in a Name?"

Amy George is an MLIS graduate student at the University of Maryland with a focus on diversity and inclusion and a current intern at the Diverse BookFinder. Illustration by Kaylani Juanita from When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff Do you see yourself in picture books? I didn't when I was a kid. Now ...continue reading "Youth and Innocence: Colorism in Picture Books"

Illustration from Max and the Tag-along Moon by Floyd Cooper My books tend to explore humanity - emotional, historical, and biographical. The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Floyd Cooper by Maria Marshall With the passing of illustrator and author Floyd Cooper this month, the children's books field has lost one of its giants. Reading ...continue reading "Floyd Cooper: An Appreciation"

Illustration by Scott M. Fischer from Lottie Paris and the Best Place by Angela Johnson Last month I received an unexpected and delightful invitation: to meet via Zoom with the “Black Moms of Austria,” the “Black Dads of Germany,” and a number of their allies, to share the Diverse BookFinder’s research on Cross Group books. The contact ...continue reading "The Power of Cross Group Books — Internationally!"

Illustration by Julie Kim from Where's Halmoni? Recently, I was working in the children’s room of a public library when a young patron approached the desk. They were planning to read a book to their siblings’ third grade class and wanted some recommendations. Great, I thought, here’s my chance to suggest some diverse books. Then ...continue reading "LOL Books"

Christine still remembers the butterflies in the pit of her stomach as she performed traditional Korean fan dances as a 12-year-old growing up in Southern California. She never dreamed that over 30 years later, she would be channeling her inner fan dancer to write Hannah’s story. Christine is a second generation Korean American wife and ...continue reading "“Once a storyteller, always a storyteller!” – An Author Interview with Christine Paik"

Illustrations by Theodore Taylor III, Gordon C. James, Jennifer Zivoin, Luisa Uribe, Shane Evans, Noa Denton, and Bryan Collier As we continue to remember, mourn, and work for change, how do we have conversations with children about racial justice? How do we interrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness in our nation, to protect Black and Brown ...continue reading "Racial Justice in Picture Books: Countering Anti-Blackness"

Sandhya Acharya is a children's book author and writer based in Santa Clara, California. Her book, 10 Gulab Jamuns, has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly. Booklist Online, Asian and Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Mid-west Book Review, among others, and was also selected as part of the curriculum at Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI), a U.S Department ...continue reading "“We come from such diverse backgrounds in this country, it is a beautiful thing to share.” – An Author Interview with Sandhya Acharya"
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