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First Name Basis Podcast


Feb 6, 2020

The books that we have in our bookshelves speak volumes about who and what we value. In this episode I share the 3 steps to making your child’s bookshelf more inclusive and diverse. 

 

Step 1: Take inventory of your bookshelf 

Do you have books that are both mirrors and windows? Check out what Rudine Sims Bishop, the mother of multicultural literature, has to say about windows and mirrors. Listen to this ted talk by Grace Lin about the lack of mirror books in her life growing up.

 

2018 Diversity in Children’s Books Stats

2019 Diversity in Publishing Stats 

 

Do you have any books that perpetuate stereotypes? Toss them! Be sure that you are reading books by authors who are culture bearers. 

 

Step 2: Try, try, try new books 

You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a book that is just right for your family. You can find all of my recommendations for inclusive books at firstnamebasis.org/books 

I also love to follow accounts on social media who share inclusive titles, here are 3 of my favorites: 

Hereweeread

Parenting.Sinfronteras

Inclusivestorytime

 

Step 3: Purchase the books you love for yourself and share them with others

Buy them for your own bookshelf and consider sending them to school with your child to help create inclusive bookshelves within the classroom as well. 

 

Song Credit: “Away” by Geographer and “Beach Disco” by Dougie Wood