Are you looking for books on a specific topic? The Diverse BookFinder intentionally doesn’t curate our books so we can get the broader picture of how people are represented. (For more on how we identify & flag problematic titles, click here.) However, we regularly highlight books related to trending topics (e.g. activism, holidays, etc.), or we highlight meaningful trends as they become apparent in our collection. Check them out below!
The Diverse BookFinder currently includes 308 titles with Latinx characters, which we have coded in these categories. The most obvious takeaway from our statistics is that Latinx characters are overwhelmingly represented (more than 60%) in books of cultural particularity, the category we call “Beautiful Life: A Focus on Culture.” 19 Latin American countries are referenced ...continue reading "Latinx Representation in Picture Books: A Focus on Illustration"
The state of Black picture book biographies is strong, with new titles regularly adding to the diversity and vibrancy of portrayals of African American life. Of the 607 picture books (as of this date) in the Diverse BookFinder catalog which feature African or African American characters, nearly 1/3 (177 titles) are biographies. Among the 288 ...continue reading "10 Picture Book Biographies of Black Lives"
Marcela Peres is the Library Director at the Lewiston Public Library in Lewiston, Maine, and a member of the Diverse BookFinder Advisory Council. -- -- -- As a librarian, I love the Diverse BookFinder for giving me a tool to use in so many ways, but particularly when helping library patrons, teachers, and parents identify ...continue reading "Reflections on Picture Books Featuring Brazilian Characters"
As Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month 2018 winds up, the Diverse BookFunder has 291 Asian/Pacific Islander/Asian American characters identified in our current collection of picture books. (We are constantly adding titles, so these numbers keep changing. Also, we code by character, not title, so a number of these characters may appear in books ...continue reading "Representations of Asians and Asian Americans in Recent Picture Books"
In March we celebrate Women’s History Month, and on March 8 International Women’s Day is recognized around the globe. There are many books in The Diverse BookFinder that honor the achievements of women great and small, from the extraordinary to the everyday. As April is Jazz Appreciation Month, this Women’s History Month we are focusing ...continue reading "Women and Jazz"
In a recent School Library Journal article, “Can Diverse Books Save Us? In a Divided World, Librarians Are on a Mission” , 55% of librarians surveyed reported that authentic character portrayals of Native or Indigenous People were “hard to find.” Author Traci Sorell (Cherokee Nation), whose book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, came out this year, keeps track ...continue reading "Here Now: Picture Books Portraying Contemporary Native Life, Part 2"
One of the most persistent stereotypes about Native/First Nations people in North America is that they all lived long ago. Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), who writes the blog Native Appropriations, “a forum for discussing representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more,” posted this reminder recently on Twitter: Recently at ...continue reading "Here Now: Picture Books Portraying Contemporary Native Life, Part 1"