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Illustration by Yesenia Moises from Honeysmoke by Monique Fields “What color am I?”  My 6-year-old has been asking questions lately as she thinks about how to describe herself to her friends. Given her age, she’s thinking about this in a very concrete way. I’m the Director of the Diverse BookFinder. In addition to co-founding and ...continue reading "“What Color Am I?”: Mixed-race Identity & the “Perfect” Book"

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?"

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"
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