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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. ** ...continue reading "Diverse Picture Books: The Puerto Rican Diaspora"

In our latest blog series, Laura D’Elia (K-3 Library Teacher) and Wendy Garland (1-5 Library Teacher) discuss their experiences with and offer diversity, equity, and inclusion lessons that can be taught in the K-6 classroom or library. Each lesson incorporates the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards and the AASL Standards Framework for Learning, as ...continue reading "One World Lessons: Building Community"

Kestrel Ward (she/they) is an early-career librarian and member of the Diverse BookFinder team. They are a US white American, queer, nonbinary person. Kestrel is committed to expanding diversity and representation in literature for all ages, and have been working on diversity initiatives professionally for about two years, and privately for about a decade. They ...continue reading "Not All Representation Is Good"

In our latest blog series, Laura D’Elia (K-3 Library Teacher) and Wendy Garland (1-5 Library Teacher) discuss their experiences with and offer diversity, equity, and inclusion lessons that can be taught in the K-6 classroom or library. Each lesson incorporates the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards and the AASL Standards Framework for Learning, as ...continue reading "One World Lessons: Mirrors and Windows"

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"
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