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We are thrilled to announce that an article based on DBF data, entitled, "Room for Improvement: Picture Books Featuring BIPOC Characters, 2015-2020”, has been awarded the 2024 American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award (ALA/EMIERT Press Release). The Ethnic and Multicultural Information and Exchange Round Table ...continue reading "Breaking News – DBF Wins EMIERT Multicultural Award!"
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Dr. Krista Aronson is a co-founder and the Director of the Diverse BookFinder. She is a professor of psychology and Associate Dean of Faculty at Bates College in Maine. I am a citizen of the African diaspora. My Black ancestors came to the United States involuntarily as enslaved people several generations ago. Their unrecorded history ...continue reading "Celebrating the Black Diaspora in Children’s 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"
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Illustration by Basia Tran from My Footprints by Bao Phi (Capstone Press, 2020) Laura Gaskill (she/her) recently graduated with an MLIS degree from San Jose State University, and is currently an intern at the Diverse BookFinder. She is excited to advocate for diverse and inclusive representation in children’s literature, and strives to make library spaces ...continue reading "LGBTQ+ Representation in Diverse Picture Books"

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"

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"

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!"

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?"

In this final post of our series highlighting the representation of diverse languages and cultures in picture books, DBF intern and MLIS graduate student Kat Wyly examines how essential it is to include global titles in translation in order to achieve broad representation in collections. The series highlights the Diverse BookFinder (DBF), not only as ...continue reading "The Representation of Language & Cultural Identity in U.S. Picture Books, A Series (5)"

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 and important inquiries about racial and cultural ...continue reading "The Representation of Language & Cultural Identity in U.S. Picture Books, A Series (4)"
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