Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell – As part of SCBWI’s Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell video is available free to members and the general public and focuses on how ten BIPOC creators turned racism into art.
Access the video here: Sticks and Stones and the Stories We Tell Digital Workshop
How to outsmart your own unconscious bias A TEDX talk by Valerie Alexander
Straight Talk on Race, by Mitali Perkins: Challenging the Stereotypes in Kids’ Books: “Here are five questions that’ll help you and your students discern messages about race in stories.”
We Need Diverse Books: Resources for individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing
Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States.
The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: A Ted Talk on why no culture can be represented by one story.
Reading While White—Allies for Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Books for Childrens and Teens.
Celebrating Our Diversity:
- Inclusion on the Bookshelf, By Camille Jackson: “The lives of children with disabilities are adventurous, funny, romantic and active. There are many books available that contain characters with disabilities, but few that truly embrace social inclusion.” http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-36-fall-2009/feature/inclusion-bookshelf
- Seeing Ourselves and Seeing Others in the Pages of the Books we Read, by Jess Lifshitz: “[E]very single child that walks through my classroom door deserves to see himself or herself in a book in my library. And every single child that walks through my classroom door deserves a chance to learn about others in this world from the books in my library.” https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/seeing-ourselves-and-seeing-others-in-the-pages-of-the-books-we-read-by-jess-lifshitz/
Suggested Reading for the ALSC Day of Diversity http://dia.ala.org/dayofdiversity
- American Indians in Children’s Literature (book reviews and recommendations): “provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”
- February is African American History Month by Sandy Brehl: African American characters and themes should be shared all year long, not just during February as part of Black History Month activities.
- Writing With Color: A blog dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial & ethnic diversity. We share writing advice, guides, book recs. and more. http://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/post/95955707903/skin-writing-with-color-has-received-several
- Ableism/Language, by Lydia X. Z. Brown: A glossary of Ableist Phrases. http://www.autistichoya.com/p/ableist-words-and-terms-to-avoid.html
- Racism Begins in our imagination: by Grisel Y Acosta : “We’d like to imagine that racism is only created with extreme acts, like bombs or chains. The truth is racism begins in our imagination. It begins with our stories.” http://www.salon.com/2015/02/22/racism_begins_in_our_imagination_how_the_overwhelming_whiteness_of_boyhood_feeds_dangerous_hollywood_myths/