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We needdiversebooks

  1. 1. Hashtag activism and the importance of diversity in children’s literature.
  2. 2. This talk for Waiver Day at Westerville City Schools on 2/6/15. Not all information presented is on these slides, but if you would like to see the resource links, this Power Point has been uploaded to my blog:
  3. 3. BookCon 2014 “The initial list of invited speakers included James Patterson, Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) and even Internet superstar Grumpy Cat. But for author Grace Lin, the fact that there were more cats than people of color speaking at the industry's most high- profile gathering was "disappointing and incredibly insulting." But Lin says it was also not surprising given the publishing industry's disconnect with the next generation of American readers.” NPR.Org There were 18 white men, 12 white women, and Grumpy Cat. 013/01/world-wednesday.html
  4. 4. Books can be mirrors of who we are or windows into the lives of others. All of our students should be able to see themselves in literature, or be able to learn about other people who might have different ethnicities, abilities or lifestyles from their own.
  5. 5. In 2009, Bloomsbury gave in to blogger pressure to change the cover of Liar.
  6. 6. Later that year, the same publisher changed the cover of Magic Under Glass.
  7. 7. The #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag on Tumblr was overwhelmed with pictures.
  8. 8. And awkward conversations STILL go on! iel-handler-offensive-jokes_n_6193188.html I'd rather continue to move the dialogue forward in a positive light rather than a negative one. This is a moment when our country can grow and learn and better understand each other. It would be nice to put the energy back where it should be -- on the books and what the books are saying and doing -- ... Brown Girl Dreaming is about writing and about the history of this country. But more than that, it's about what this conversation should be -- a coming to understanding across lines of race. Jaqueline Woodson
  9. 9. Publishers and awards committees have listened!
  10. 10. So where does this leave teachers and librarians? How can we have conversations with our students? How do we get them to read diverse books? We have to encourage them to read books as mirrors or windows.
  11. 11. A student in a hijab picked up this book that was on display and asked what it was about. She was excited that the book was about a girl who shared her cousin’s name. “Thirteen-year-old Khadija, a Somali refugee, becomes a model for a famous fashion designer to help her family back home, while the designer's daughter Freya and fourteen- year-old Abdi, whose family Khadija lives with in London, try to protect her.”
  12. 12. Middle grade students are searching for identity. What they look like or what there names are might not be the way they see themselves. Ask students what kind of mirror they want, and go from there.
  13. 13. In February
  14. 14. In October
  15. 15. Do we need labels? Shouldn’t we just be blind to differences? Right now, it’s so hard to find books to reflect all students that we need to label them and show publishers how few diverse books there are. We don’t need to share the labels with students. We can just show them diverse books that relate to other topics that they want.
  16. 16. How do I get good books to my students? What should I look for?
  17. 17. “To help her poverty-stricken family, 13-year-old Lupita enters California as an illegal alien and starts to work while constantly on the watch for "la migra".” Beatty, Patricia. Published in 1981.
  18. 18. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty— waiting for her father's return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceañera. Restrepo, Bettina. Published in 2011.
  20. 20. “The author's softly hewn pencil drawings infuse life and authenticity to her poetic, exquisitely wrought narrative. Omakayas is an intense, strong, likable character to whom young readers will fully relate--from her mixed emotions about her siblings, to her discovery of her unique talents, to her devotion to her pet crow Andeg, to her budding understanding of death, life, and her role in the natural world. ”
  21. 21. Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years. But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.
  22. 22. We need to have a variety of books. They need to be accurate. They need to be interesting. There are a zillion web sites and a zillion titles out there but I don’t have time to look through them!
  23. 23. Reading in Color
  24. 24. It was one thing when Jarrett's mom took care of foster babies who needed help. But this time it's different. This time the baby who needs help has an older brother -- a kid Jarrett's age named Kevon. Everyone thinks Jarrett and Kevon should be friends -- but that's not gonna happen. Not when Kevon's acting like he's better than Jarrett -- and not when Jarrett finds out Kevon's keeping some major secrets. Jarrett doesn't think it's fair that he has to share his room, his friends, and his life with some stranger. He's gotta do something about it -- but what? From award-winning author Coe Booth, KINDA LIKE BROTHERS is the story of two boys who really don't get along -- but have to find a way to figure it out.
  25. 25. m Jackson Greene swears he's given up scheming. Then school bully Keith Sinclair announces he's running for Student Council president, against Jackson's former friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby wants Jackson to stay out of it -- but he knows Keith has "connections" to the principal, which could win him the presidency no matter the vote count. So Jackson assembles a crack team: Hashemi Larijani, tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Megan Feldman, science goddess. Charlie de la Cruz, reporter. Together they devise a plan that will take down Keith, win Gaby's respect, and make sure the election is done right. If they can pull it off, it will be remembered as the school's greatest con ever -- one worthy of the name THE GREAT GREENE HEIST
  26. 26. m Sharon Draper is an active participant in the activities of the YWCA of Cincinnati, a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, and Top Ladies of Distinction. Ms. Draper travels extensively and has been a guest on television and radio programs throughout the country, discussing issues of literature, reading, and education. She is an accomplished public speaker who addresses educational and literary groups of all ages, both nationally and internationally, with entertaining readings of her poetry and novels, as well as enlightening instructional presentations. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and a golden retriever named Honey.
  27. 27. The Blossoming of Violet Diamond Violet is a smart, funny, brown-eyed, brown-haired girl in a family of blonds. Her mom is white, and her dad, who died before she was born, was black. She attends a mostly white school where she sometimes feels like a brown leaf on a pile of snow. She’s tired of people asking if she’s adopted. Now that Violet’s eleven, she decides it’s time to learn about her African American heritage. And despite getting off to a rocky start trying to reclaim her dad’s side of the family, she can feel her confidence growing as the puzzle pieces of her life finally start coming together. Readers will cheer for Violet, sharing her joy as she discovers her roots.
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  31. 31. m Jameela and her family live in a poor, war-torn village in Afghanistan. Even with her cleft lip and lack of educational opportunities, Jameela feels relatively secure, sustained by her Muslim faith and the love of her mother, Mor. But when Mor dies, Jameela’s father impulsively decides to start a new life in Kabul. Jameela is appalled as he succumbs to alcohol and drugs, then suddenly remarries, a situation that soon has her a virtual slave to a demanding stepmother. After she’s discovered trying to learn to read, Jameela is abandoned in a busy market, eventually landing in an orphanage run by the same army that killed so many members of her family. Throughout it all, the memory of her mother sustains her, giving Jameela the strength to face her father and stepmother when fate brings them together again. Inspired by a true story, and set in a world far removed from that of Western readers, this powerful novel reveals that the desire for identity and self-understanding is universal.
  32. 32. Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her--"Inshallah," God willing. Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. And the Americans come to her village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha--but can she dare to hope they'll come true?
  33. 33. Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling confident enough to talk to the cute boy or stand up to mean kids the fact that she’s Muslim is just another thing to deal with. When Marwa, a Moroccan girl who shares her faith if not her culture, comes to Aliya’s school, Aliya wonders even more about who she is, what she believes, and where she fits in. Should she fast for Ramadan? Should she wear the hijab? She’s old enough for both, but does she really want to call attention to herself?
  34. 34. In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadi’s parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When their underground transport arrives at the rendezvous point, chaos ensues, and Fadi is left dragging his younger sister Mariam through the crush of people. But Mariam accidentally lets go of his hand and becomes lost in the crowd, just as Fadi is snatched up into the truck. With Taliban soldiers closing in, the truck speeds away, leaving Mariam behind.
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  36. 36. When Margie's cousin Lupe comes from Mexico to live in California with Margie's family, Lupe must adapt to America, while Margie, who thought it would be fun to have her cousin there, finds that she is embarrassed by her in school and jealous of her at home.
  37. 37. Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami.
  38. 38. Lincoln is in a jam when his basketball team at his new school--where the students are rich and mostly white--faces his old team from the barrio on the boards. How can he play his best against his friends? No matter who wins, it looks like it will be lose-lose for Lincoln.
  39. 39. m Apolonia "Lina" Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who's just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad's a bibliophile), she's having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend's divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors incascarones, Lina's life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes.
  40. 40. http://www.pammunozryan.c om When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Oaxaca, Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.
  41. 41. themed-middle-grade-novels/ ade_Fiction Oriental Rugs, Not People
  42. 42. Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.
  43. 43. m/ Julia, a Korean-American, and her friend Patrick learn about tolerance, friendship, and patience while working together on a project about silkworms.
  44. 44. Nine-year-old Ling is very comfortable with her life; her parents are both dedicated doctors in the best hospital in Wuhan. But when Comrade Li, one of Mao's political officers, moves into a room in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world. In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors, and soon for herself and family. Over the course of four years, Ling manages to blossom, even as she suffers more horrors than many people face in a lifetime.
  45. 45. Cal and Barney, Chinese Americans, are trapped in a world of racial prejudice in 1939 with no jobs and no future until the Dragons, a barnstorming basketball team, invites them to join the team. 100149/laurence-yep
  46. 46. Sixth-grader Peter Lee, in a desperate attempt to regain the popularity he had in elementary school, discovers that serving detention can win him important friends, much to the dismay of his over-achieving eighth-grade sister, Sunny.
  47. 47. https://captainstupendous.wordpress. com Twelve-year-old Vincent and his fellow members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club help out when someone new becomes Earth's most famous superhero, without knowing anything about him, just as evil Professor Mayhem and his robot arrive in Copperplate City.. Lee and Low Books Charlotte’s Library
  48. 48. https://captainstupendous.wordpress. com Twelve-year-old Vincent and his fellow members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club help out when someone new becomes Earth's most famous superhero, without knowing anything about him, just as evil Professor Mayhem and his robot arrive in Copperplate City.. Lee and Low Books Charlotte’s Library
  49. 49. Marriott, Zoe. The Name of the Blade. When Mio sneaks the family's katana--a priceless ancestral sword--from her parents' attic, she just wants to spice up a costume. Awakening the power within the sword unleashes a terrible, ancient evil onto the streets of unsuspecting London. With creatures straight out of Japanese myths stalking her and her friends, Mio realizes that if she cannot keep the sword safe and learn to control its legendary powers, she will lose not only her own life-- but the love of a lifetime.
  50. 50. Be very careful with literature about American Indians. It is preferable if books state a particular tribal affliation and are not generically Native. / development/focus-on-collection- development/resources-and-kid-lit-about-american- indians-focus-on/ Joseph Bruchac has Abenaki Indian heritage. http://josephbr Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw. http://www.tim Eric Gansworth is an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation.
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  52. 52. What thirteen-year-old Abby wants most is to meet her father. She just never imagined he would be a huge film star--in Bollywood! Now she's traveling to Mumbai to get to know her famous father. Abby is overwhelmed by the culture clash, the pressures of being the daughter of India's most famous celebrity, and the burden of keeping her identity a secret. But as she learns to navigate her new surroundings, she just might discover where
  53. 53. m Padma Venkatraman's inspiring story of a young girl's struggle to regain her passion and find a new peace is told lyrically through verse that captures the beauty and mystery of India and the ancientbharatanatyam dance form. This is a stunning novel about spiritual awakening, the power of art, and above all, the courage and resilience of the human spirit.
  54. 54. Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies, and so when she learns that her family is moving to India for two years, her devastation over leaving her best friend in Maryland is tempered by the possibility of meeting her favorite actress, Dolly Singh.
  55. 55. When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel's island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub's anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching--he wants to sell the cub's body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs. The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel's preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn't mind--he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends. But through his encounter with the cub, Neil learns that sometimes you have to take risks to preserve what you love. And sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the chance to improve the future.
  56. 56. Ash Mistry hates India. Which is a problem since his uncle has brought him and his annoying younger sister Lucky there to take up a dream job with the mysterious Lord Savage. But Ash immediately suspects something is very wrong with the eccentric millionaire. Soon, Ash finds himself in a desperate battle to stop Savage's masterplan – the opening of the Iron Gates that have kept Ravana, the demon king, at bay for four millennia…
  57. 57. (National Center for Children in Poverty) More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $23,550 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 45% of children live in low-income families. About 15% in foster care. Statistics are hard to find.
  58. 58. Bauer, Joan. Close to Famous. (2011) Erskine, Kathryn. Seeing Red (2013) Harris, Theresa. The Perfect Place (2014)(abandonment) Howe, James. Also Known as Elvis. (2014) Maldonado, Tony. Secret Saturdays (2010) (prison) Myers, Walter Dean. All the Right Stuff (2012)(death) Vernick, Audrey. Screaming at the Ump (2014)(financial) Vigilante, Danette. Saving Baby Doe (2013) Woodworth, Chris. Ivy in the Shadows (2013) Gephart, Donna. Death by Toilet Paper (2014) Contest-crazed twelve-year-old Ben uses his wits and way with words in hopes of winning a prize that will keep his family from being evicted until his mother can pass her final CPA examination.
  59. 59. Aust, Patricia. Shelter. (2013) Bauer, Joan. Almost Home (2012) Cooley, Beth. Shelter (2006) Ellis, Deborah. No Ordinary Day (2011) Moses, Sheila. Joseph (2008) Nelson, Blake. The Prince of Venice Beach (2014) Phillips, Gin. The Hidden Summer (2013) Pyron, Bobbie. The Dogs of Winter (2012) Strasser, Todd. No Place (2014) Watson, Christy. Living Rough (2011) Williams, Michael. Now is the Time for Running (2009)
  60. 60. Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Where I’d Like to Be (2003) Giff, Patricia Reilly. Pictures of Hollis Woods. (2002) Grimes, Niki. The Road to Paris (2006)(African American) Hunt, Lynda Mulalley. One for the Murphys (2011) Lupica, Mike. Heat (2006) McClain, Lee. Sizzle (2012)(Latino culture) Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978) Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by Sevens (2013) (autism) Wolfson, Jill. What I Call Life (2005) Woodson, Jacqueline. Peace, Love, Locomotion (2009) Winget, Dianna Dorisi. A Million Ways Home (2014) When her grandmother and guardian suffers a stroke, twelve-year-old Poppy Parker's life turns upside down--but when she witnesses a murder and has to go into witness protection with Detective Brannigan's mother it becomes hard to believe she will ever find a way home, let alone save Gunner, a beautiful German shepherd with an uncertain future.
  61. 61. Watson, Renee (2010) After the death of their mother, thirteen-year-old Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their grandparents, who try to keep them safe from bad influences and help them come to terms with what has happened to their family.
  62. 62. Jones, Traci. Silhouetted by the Blue. After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh-grader Serena, who has gotten the lead in her middle school play, is left to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression.
  63. 63. Geithner, Carole. A stunning debut about one girl's journey through loss and grief. Corinna's world is crushed after her mother dies of cancer. How does she get through the funeral, trays of ziti, a father who can't communicate, the first day of school, Mother's Day, people who don't know what to say, and the entire eighth-grade year? Despite her alienation from many of her peers, including her best friend, she succeeds in finding support. She dares to bare her innermost fears, hurts, and wishes, and even allows herself to have a flowering crush on a boy in the school band. She also finds out deep secrets about her mother which she never knew. It's a year that will change Corinna's life forever..
  64. 64. Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004) Crowley,Suzanne. The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous (2007) Dooley, Sarah. Livvie Owen Lived Here (2010) Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery (2007) Erskine, Katherine. Mockingbird (2011) Jonsberg, Barry. The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee (2014) Lord, Cynthia. Rules (2006) Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign (2014) Miller, Ashley Edward. Colin Fisher (2012) Miller-Lachman, Lynn. Rogue. (2013) Roy, Jennifer. Mindblind (2010) Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World (2009)
  65. 65. Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Anything But Typical Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.
  66. 66. Miller, Ashley Edwar and Stentz, Zack. Colin Fischer. Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate's birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It's up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn't have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun...
  67. 67. Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery Ted and his older sister Kat become sleuthing partners since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain runs on its own unique operating system, to find the key to the mystery.
  68. 68. Lord, Cynthia. Rules Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?
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  71. 71. An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T."
  72. 72. "When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian- American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways"
  73. 73. owe The Misfits: Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names. Totally Joe: As a school assignment, a thirteen- year-old boy writes an alphabiography, and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.
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  75. 75. From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.
  76. 76. Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?
  77. 77. Jewish Native American e_am/teaching/native_resources.html
  78. 78. After her beloved grandmother, Nana, dies, non- religious twelve-year-old Caroline becomes curious about her mother's Jewish ancestry.
  79. 79. With the help of his "manager," a thirteen-year-old boy sells a movie idea to a major Hollywood studio.
  80. 80. After her beloved grandmother, Nana, dies, non- religious twelve-year-old Caroline becomes curious about her mother's Jewish ancestry.
  81. 81. Clearly, we’re not going to hit every single kind of diversity there is. The key is to be aware of diversity and to make sure that students have access to all sorts of books. Time to fill out exit slips, discuss, and assess.