Thanks to generous donors like you our crowdfunding project is now 83% of the way to our goal! Please share the project with family and friends who you think may be interested in helping us expand our collection of children’s literature to include narratives, stories, and informational texts that represent a wide range of non-dominant perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures.
Did you know that the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison has been collecting data on books published by and about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) since 1985 (see statistics here)? These data have revealed a persistent diversity gap in children’s and YA books published in the US. Although in recent years this gap has narrowed, there is much more work to do, because the consequence of publishing gaps is diversity gaps in school and classroom libraries.
Listen to Dr. Grace Kang talk about how this gap impacted her and the reasons why diverse classroom libraries are so important. We hope you will take a moment to watch.
We are grateful for the positive response to this important project! Your donations are helping us close the diversity gap in the Borg Center library. The project team has developed book lists by themes and have begun purchasing books.
Check out this diverse text set on Families:
Alko, Selina - The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
Bunting, Eve - The Memory String
Coffelt, Nancy - Fred Stays with Me!
DePoala, Tomi - Now One Foot, Now the Other
Elliott, Zetta - Bird
Galindo, Renata - My New Mom & Me
Garza, Carmen Lomas - In My Family/En mi familia
Godin, Thelma Lynne - The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen
Grimes, Nikki - My Man Blue
Johnson, Angela - Daddy Calls Me Man
Johnson, Angela - Do Like Kyla
Khan, Rukhsana - Big Red Lollipop
Levy, Dana Alison - The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
Lyons, Kelly Starling - Going Down Home with Daddy
Maillard, Kevin Noble - Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
McGhee, Alison - Tell Me a Tattoo Story
Medina, Meg - Tia Isa Wants a Car
Newman, Leslea - Heather Has Two Mommies
O’Leary, Sara - A Family is a Family is a Family
Perkins, Mitali - Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border
Rockwell, Anne - Let’s Go to the Hardware Store
Schiffer, Miriam B. - Stella Brings the Family
Spinelli, Eileen - Night Shift Daddy
Steptoe, Javaka - In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers
Sturgis, Brenda Reeves - Still a Family: A Story About Homelessness
Tahe, Rose Ann - First Laugh--Welcome Baby!
Uegaki, Chieri - Ojiichan’s Gift
Wahl, Phoebe - Sonya’s Chickens
Woodson, Jacqueline - Our Gracie Aunt
Woodson, Jacqueline - Pecan Pie Baby
Woodson, Jacqueline - Visiting Day
Woodson, Jacqueline - We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past
Yamasaki, Katie - When the Cousins Came
Yang, Kelly - Front Desk
Yum, Hyewon - This is Our House
Dr. Grace Kang talks about why diverse classroom libraries are so important.