Today, we at Kidliterati are excited to host a celebration of diversity in children's literature. Diverse titles create more empathetic readers, and we are proud to support empathy in the classroom with a very special giveaway--more on that in a minute!
Books provide perspective. Children need mirrors, books that reflect their point of view and tell them that their voices matter. Children also need windows, stories that show them new points of view to encourage empathy with others. We need now, more than ever, to understand and relate to one another.
We at Kidliterati have long admired the amazing work of We Need Diverse Books, which is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. Thanks to #WNDB, so many new voices have support, both as artists and as publishing professionals. But there is more work yet to be done.
We need as much diversity as possible in children's literature.
Now, on to the giveaway! Entries are open to teachers, librarians, and parents who wish to share diverse titles with their communities (be that schools, libraries, or classroom collections). Know a teacher friend who could use more diversity in their classroom collection? Want to broaden your library's collection? Help us share these titles and build empathy with young readers! The Rafflecopter entry form is at the bottom of this page, but first, here are the amazing titles we're giving away--50 BOOKS IN ALL!
|5 copies of EACH KINDNESS by Jacqueline Woodson|
|3 copies of LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Pena|
|3 copies of BLACK BIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly|
|3 copies of THE FLETCHER FAMILY TAKE ROCK ISLAND by Dana Alison Levy|
|3 copies of EL DEAFO by Cece Bell|
|3 copies of 8TH GRADE SUPER ZERO by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich|
|3 copies of THE PURIM SUPERHERO by Elisabeth Kushner|
|The LULU series by Hilary McKay--6 Books for one winner!|
|3 copies of DREAMING IN INDIAN|
|3 copies of STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper|
|3 copies of THE GOOD RAINBOW ROAD by Simon J. Ortiz|
|3 copies of INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai|
|3 copies of A LONG WALK TO WATER by Linda Sue Park|
|3 copies of BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson|
|3 copies of A DANCE LIKE STARLIGHT by Kristy Dempsey|
a Rafflecopter giveaway
For more great books, check out the End of Year lists at We Need Diverse Books. Book Riot also put together a list of children's books about the immigrant experience. And in closing, here's an amazing video from Matt De La Pena and Christian Robinson on the importance of diversity in children's literature. Here's to the readers of tomorrow!