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“I want Native children to see themselves in modern stories in their communities…” – An Author Interview with Laurel Goodluck

Laurel Goodluck is Mandan, Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota, and Tsimshian from the rainforest in Alaska. She now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her Diné husband, where they raised two children also bent on storytelling in journalism and acting. Belonging to an intertribal family is at the heart of her stories, encouraging […]

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Thrills & Chills: Diverse Horror for Young Adults

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Lisely Laboy (she/ella) 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. […]

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Opening New Worlds: Enhancing Accessibility in Picture Books for Blind and Visually Impaired Children

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Gabrielle Popp (she/her) is a teacher of the blind and visually impaired at Lincoln Park Public Schools. This is her 16th year teaching. Gabrielle holds a masters and educational specialist degree in special education leadership. She is passionate about bringing equity and access to blind and visually impaired students. A few years ago, I was […]

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It’s Coding Week! Explore Coding with Diverse Characters!

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Brittany Kester (she/her) is an Education Librarian at the University of Florida. She is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She has 8 years of library experience and has taught university courses in children’s literature, […]

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Back To School With Diverse Picture Books

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Lisely Laboy (she/ella) 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. […]

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Diverse Reads for Every Season: Spooky Tales for Autumn Nights!

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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. Here […]

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A New Narrative: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Esther (they/them/theirs) is a graduate intern with the Diverse BookFinder and a MSLS student at UNC-Chapel Hill, with a focus on youth services. They live on the unceded traditional territory of the Shakori-Eno people. According to a 2015 study by Shear, Knowles, Soden, and Castro, approximately 87% of K-12 state U.S. history standards do not […]

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Welcoming Spanglish in the Classroom

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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.  […]

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“I was a child of two worlds — a Mexican citizen by birth but raised as an American.” An author interview with Areli Morales Romero

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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 […]

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