• Classroom Library

    Creating a Checklist for Books in Your Classroom Library

    The world in which our students live, learn, and observe in is filled with a variety of people.  Our youngest students often learn about the world through picture books.  Picture books in a preschool classroom help students make sense of social issues, how to be a friend, how to solve a problem, and also help foster a love for reading.  Many children are filled with excitement when they make sense of the written word.  Books become an opportunity for children to explore, imagine, and learn.  Statistics as recent as 2010 found that only 14% of African American males are reading proficiently by 4th grade, compared to only 18% of Hispanic…

  • Diversity Resources

    Diverse Voices in Latinx Children’s Literature Conference, March 9th, 2019

    The Bank Street College of Education in New York City hosts a Latinx Conference yearly.  This year’s theme was Diverse Voices in Latinx Children’s Literature.  The one day conference featured panels of Latinx authors of various children’s books that challenge whitewashed publishing of children’s books.  The conference began with some words from Loida Garcia-Fabo, the President of the American Library Association.  She started her opening remarks by reciting a poem from memorization.  The poem was titled Majestad Negra, written by Puerto Rican poet Luis Pales Matos.  The panelist discussions were fascinating.  The authors talked about their experiences with reading while growing up, with author Liniers Macanudo making reference to a…