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Author’s Biography: Katiana Bagué (she/her/ella) is the Exhibits Associate for the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries. She has worked at the UF Libraries since 2016. She started as a student assistant at the Latin American and Caribbean Collection and has held other titles within the libraries, such as Bilingual Outreach Assistant for ...continue reading "Sweet Savory Stories: Exploring Positive Food Relationships in Picture Books"
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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 ...continue reading "Opening New Worlds: Enhancing Accessibility in Picture Books for Blind and Visually Impaired Children"

With fall just around the corner, the Diverse BookFinder will soon feature middle grade and young adult books, fiction and nonfiction. We know nonfiction can be intimidating for some readers, and it’s been a while since our last dedicated blog post, so to celebrate our upcoming expansion, we’ve invited one of our team members to ...continue reading "No-Fear Nonfiction: How to Get into Nonfiction at Any Age "

Annie Vardanyan (she/her) is an artist and graphic designer based in Gainesville, Florida. Currently, she is a fourth-year student working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the University of Florida. Although Annie specializes in graphic design, she has a wide range of artistic experience and proficiency in the fine arts and ...continue reading "Reimagining the Diverse BookFinder Brand"

Suzan Alteri is the Librarian for the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Fresno State University which has the largest collection of LGBTQIAP2S+ children’s and young adult books in the U.S. She grew up in a privileged, white suburban household in the Metro Detroit area and spent most of her life ...continue reading "A Triumphant Shout: Great LGBTQIAP2S+ Graphic Novels"

In our latest blog series, Laura D’Elia and Wendy Garland discuss their experiences and offer diversity, equity, and inclusion lessons that can be taught in the K-6 classroom or library. Each lesson incorporates the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards and the AASL Standards Framework for Learning, as well as includes recommended picture books from ...continue reading "One World Lessons: Race"

Jackie Wood (she/her) has worked at the Marshall Public Library in Pocatello, ID since 2015. She started as a library assistant in the circulation department, but recently made the move to library specialist. She hopes to advance in her career after completing her Master’s in Library and Information Science in August 2023. As the daughter ...continue reading "Multilingual Family Story Time: A Way to Build and Advocate for Diverse Collections"

In our latest blog series, Laura D’Elia and Wendy Garland discuss their experiences and offer diversity, equity, and inclusion lessons that can be taught in the K-6 classroom or library. Each lesson incorporates the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards and the AASL Standards Framework for Learning, as well as includes recommended picture books from ...continue reading "One World Lessons: Stereotypes"

In our latest blog series, Laura D’Elia and Wendy Garland discuss their experiences and offer diversity, equity, and inclusion lessons that can be taught in the K-6 classroom or library. Each lesson incorporates the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards and the AASL Standards Framework for Learning, as well as includes recommended picture books from ...continue reading "One World Lessons: School Around the World"

Katiana Bagué (she/her/ella) is the Exhibits Associate for the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries. She has worked at the UF Libraries since 2016. She started as a student assistant at the Latin American and Caribbean Collection and has held other titles within the libraries, such as Bilingual Outreach Assistant for The U.S. ...continue reading "Pura Belpré, Bringing Boricua Stories to the Bookshelf: An Exhibit on a Puerto Rican Icon’s Writing, Librarianship, & Activism"
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