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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"

Shreya Joshi (she/her) is a research assistant for the Diverse BookFinder. Originally from Pune, India, she recently completed her first year at Bates College in the United States. She intends to major in history and believes that without understanding the past, one cannot begin to contextualize present day complexities. She has greatly enjoyed her time ...continue reading "Historical Depictions of Black Characters in Children’s Picture Books"
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"

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"

Diana Palacio is an online MLIS graduate student at the University of Washington, and one of the Diverse BookFinder’s winter interns. She works part-time as a library assistant and is slowly gaining more experience in the children’s library department. Why Incorporate Diversity Into Storytime? Storytime is a great opportunity to provide windows, mirrors, and sliding ...continue reading "Using Diverse Picture Books in Storytime"

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"

Laura Beals D’Elia is the Library Teacher at the Armstrong Elementary School in Westborough, MA. She has been an elementary library teacher since 2002. She has a BA in English and Children’s Literature from Framingham State University and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has presented at various state and national conferences on ...continue reading "What Does a Diverse Collection Look Like?"

Intro to the Series We are so excited to bring attention to this blog series written by students in Dr. Margaret Boyle's "Teaching Languages and Culture" course at Bowdoin College. The series highlights the Diverse BookFinder (DBF), not only as a great tool for educators, librarians, and parents, but as an invaluable space where new ...continue reading "The Representation of Language & Cultural Identity in U.S. Picture Books, A Series (2)"

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"
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