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Tasha's Voice is a new Picture Book releasing on 04/09/2024 from the Yosemite Conservancy This new titles is authored by Carmen Bogan and jointly illustrated by the late Floyd Cooper and his mentee Daria Peoples. Keep reading below for a wonderful joint interview with Carmen & Daria about their new title which celebrates the great ...continue reading "Tasha’s Voice – An Interview with the Creators"

Malcolm Newsome is a children's book author from the Chicago area. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology and now works in cyber security for a company called Jemurai Security. He writes picture books with the aim of bringing hope and possibility to as many young people as he can. Malcolm is a ...continue reading "“In order to do representation well, we’re going to have to either confront or subvert all sorts of stereotypes.” – An Author Interview with Malcolm Newsome"

Laurel Goodluck is Mandan, Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota, and Tsimshian from the rainforest in Alaska. She now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her Diné husband, where they raised two children also bent on storytelling in journalism and acting. Belonging to an intertribal family is at the heart of her stories, encouraging ...continue reading "“I want Native children to see themselves in modern stories in their communities…” – An Author Interview with Laurel Goodluck"
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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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Brittany Kester (she/her) is an Education Librarian at the University of Florida. She is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She has 8 years of library experience and has taught university courses in children's literature, ...continue reading "The DBF Travels to the American Association of School Librarians Conference!!"
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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"
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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"

Mike Yam is a sportscaster and studio host for NFL Network and SiriusXM radio. He has worked at ESPN, NBA TV and Pac-12 Network. Fried Rice and Marinara marks his debut in children’s literature. Growing up with a Chinese immigrant father from Hong Kong and an Italian mother, Yam has always been fascinated by diverse ...continue reading "At times in my childhood, I thought I had to “pick a side”… – An Author Interview with Mike Yam"

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 "

Kheris Rogers is a model, dancer, singer, actress, and the world’s youngest designer to ever showcase her clothing line at New York Fashion Week. Kheris started the now-famed Flexin’ In My Complexion brand after years of being bullied in school because of her dark skin. Kheris was on Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 list and is ...continue reading "“I aim to empower young children to embrace their uniqueness and cultivate self-worth…” – An Author Interview with Kheris Rogers"
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