Watch the Webinar: Strategies for Building an Inclusive Bookshelf

Thank you for joining us for our webinar, “Representation Matters: Strategies for Building an Inclusive Bookshelf.” If you missed it live (or just want to watch again), you can access the webinar here. Keep reading for links to the resources and books that were shared during the webinar.

Lee & Low Books Classroom Library Questionnaire:
Classroom Library Questionnaire- English (Interactive version here)
Classroom Library Questionnaire- Spanish (Interactive version here)

Lee & Low Titles Mentioned:
Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon
She Was the First! The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina
When Aidan Became a Brother
Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies!
¡Los Zombis no comen verduras!
When the Shadbush Blooms

Teaching for Change/Social Justice Books Resources:
Social Justice Books Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books
Social Justice Books Creating an Anti-Bias Library
Teaching for Change Anti-Bias Education
Teaching for Change Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk Series
Teaching for Change Freedom Reads YouTube Page

Teaching for Change Curricular Planning Approaches:

  1. What aspect(s) of diversity can be part of this topic?
  2. How can I use this topic/book to provide accurate information and counter misconceptions and stereotypes?
  3. How can I use this book to support and strengthen children’s innate sense of justice and their capacity to change unfair situations to fair ones?
  4. What do I need to learn to teach this accurately?

Teaching for Change 4 Goals of Anti-Bias Education

  1. Goal 1: Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
  2. Goal 2: Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connection.
  3. Goal 3: Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.
  4. Goal 4: Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.

From Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves (Derman-Sparks, Olsen Edwards, 2010).

 If you would like to contact Rosalie Reyes at Teaching for Change for more information, please e-mail her at rreyes@teachingforchange.org.

Additional Resources & Links for Developing a Diverse Library:
School Library Journal Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit
Diverse Classroom Libraries for K-6 Students
How to Build a More Diverse Classroom Library
Students Analyzing a Library to See How Diverse It is
Diversity Auditing 101: How to Evaluate Your Collection
Reading Diversity From Teaching Tolerance
ILA Panel: Classroom Libraries as Windows and Mirrors: Ensuring Diverse, Representative Books for our Students
We Need Diverse Books Read Alike Collection

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