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Dr. Katrina Phillips was born and raised in northern Wisconsin, and is a proud citizen of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of History with a focus on Native history and the history of the American West at Macalester College. In addition to being the author of ...continue reading "“I hope the people who read the book are inspired by these women.” An Author Interview with Dr. Katrina Phillips"

We're gathering all the latest news on diversity in children's and youth literature and media from around the nation and the world. We're keeping an eye on the headlines to make sure you've got all the latest insights. After all, knowledge is power! Here are some interesting reads from September and October 2022. 10/30/2022: AsAmNews ...continue reading "News You Can Use: Diversity Headlines – September/October 2022"

We're gathering all the latest news on diversity in children's and youth literature and media from around the nation and the world. We're keeping an eye on the headlines to make sure you've got all the latest insights. After all, knowledge is power! Here are some interesting reads from July and August 2022. 8/31/2022: Publishers ...continue reading "News You Can Use: Diversity Headlines – July/August 2022"

In our new blog series, we're gathering all the latest news on diversity in children's literature and media from around the nation and the world. We're keeping an eye on the headlines to make sure you've got all the latest insights. After all, knowledge is power! Here are some interesting reads from May and June ...continue reading "News You Can Use – Diversity Headlines – May/June 2022"

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"

We read a lot of books here at Diverse BookFinder and there are some that just stick with us longer. Maybe it’s the perfect rhyming scheme, the haunting illustrations, or the laugh out loud content. But whatever the reason, these are the books that we keep reaching for:

Illustrations by Yuyi Chen, Trisha Hautéa, Christina Forshay, Xun Liu, Dayong Gan, Charlene Chua, Anna Kim, Yao Xiao, Basia Tran, Seo Kim, and Qin Leng Note: This post and list of books are focused on East Asian and Southeast Asian representation, in response to recent anti-Asian attacks that have mostly targeted members of these groups ...continue reading "Centering Asian Girls"

Illustration by Michaela Goade (Tlingit-Haida) from We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (Anishinabe/Metis; enrolled member, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe) Note: This summer I read the middle grade novel, Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis (Umpqua) with Traci Sorell (Cherokee Nation). In the book, ten-year-old Regina, enrolled in the Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde, ...continue reading "9 Ways to Lift Up & Learn from Indigenous Voices"

As our schools and libraries are closed, we at the Diverse BookFinder are trying to continue to offer access and resources related to picture books featuring BIPOC. This post will explore e-books, with a few recommended titles that you can borrow immediately (unless they’re already on loan in your library system). Through the coming weeks, ...continue reading "For These Strange & Difficult Times: Finding Diverse Electronic Picture Books #1"

This piece was co-authored by our project coordinator, Dr. Andrea Breau. Last month, we once again joined the excellent offering of Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative activities at Bates College, hosting the only event on the day-long program for families with young children. To our surprise, in addition to the dozen or so children ...continue reading "Using K-3 Picture Books to Talk About Race & Racism With Children"
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