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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"

When I was in elementary school, I was assigned a project where I had to make a family tree going back several generations. I asked my father where our ancestors were from. Since he was a history professor, he was usually a good authority on anything related to the past, but this question gave him ...continue reading "“Just Say You’re Jewish” – Diversity and the Complexity of Jewish Identity"

Mylo Freeman is Dutch/American and grew up in The Hague, Holland. She attended the art academy in Amsterdam where she majored in illustration and painting. After a short career as a singer, she started illustrating again after the birth of her son David. Her first book Potty! received a prize for Best Toddler Book of the Year ...continue reading "“I write about a little girl who discovers the world and her own place in it.” An Author Interview with Mylo Freeman"

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?"
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