The following is a list of good children’s books to use in the Pre-K to 12 classroom. Many of the books address the needs for diversity, multiculturalism and multiligualism in the classroom library. You can find even more books at Lee & Low books but here is a selection of my current favorites.
Strategies for Building an Inclusive Bookshelf (Recorded Webinar)
How do we build a book collection that reflects our children, our values, and our world? In difficult times, books offer an important outlet to young people—but making the right books available is essential. If you’ve ever wondered how to take action in diversifying your library but don’t know how or where to start, you’re not alone.
Join children’s book publisher Lee & Low Books for this recorded webinar as we walk through some of the steps to creating a truly inclusive collection. We will use Lee & Low’s newly updated Classroom Library Questionnaire (https://www.leeandlow.com/uploads/loa…) as a guide for identifying gaps in our shelves, and share resources for finding and evaluating diverse books. You can also find the questionnaire in Spanish: https://www.leeandlow.com/uploads/loa…
Experts Dr. Jane Bean Folkes, K-12 English Languages Arts Supervisor for the South Orange & Maplewood School District in New Jersey and Rosalie Reyes, Coordinator of Teacher Engagement and Professional Development at Teaching for Change will share their insights, expertise, and knowledge about creating and curating a diverse classroom library. This webinar is ideal for classroom teachers, administrators, school librarians, and families.
Social Justice Padlet
Looking for readings and materials on social justice? This Padlet holds a wealth of information for educators K-12 and parents! (https://padlet.com/jbean17/un793abqn90lndc)