Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Webinar time is Eastern Standard Time.

Do you feel it is important to have a diverse children’s collection, but don’t always know where to start?

Join the Diverse BookFinder as we walk you through how to use our new Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), specifically designed to help you diversify your picture book collection! This free, online resource allows you to upload a single file and get a snapshot of who is represented -- and how -- in your collection. The CAT is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and will go live on October 1st.

Participants will learn how to use the CAT and how to use the resulting report in combination with the Diverse BookFinder Search Tool to drive collection-based decisions. Finally, we will discuss the role of librarians in carefully reviewing books to build authentic and inclusive library collections that counter bias and promote cultural pluralism.

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About the Presenters

Dr. Krista Aronson is a Professor of Psychology at Bates College. Her work focuses on illuminating how people come to understand complex social constructs like race and ethnicity, including how children process and understand race as well as appropriate, effective and productive ways to discuss this topic with them; specifically, the effective use of picture books to enhance intercultural relationships and self-understanding during childhood. Her own identity as a biracial woman deeply informs her work, which is represented online through the Diverse BookFinder.

Andrea Jamison is a librarian and lecturer at Valparaiso University.  She holds an MA in Teaching from Concordia University and an MLIS from Dominican University School of Library and Information Science. She is currently completing doctoral work examining the marginalization of African Americans in children's literature at Dominican. Andrea has over 17 years of experience working in schools and libraries. She speaks internationally on the interplay of race, power, and privilege in children's books.  She is a library ambassador for Lee and Low Books, one of the largest multicultural publishers of children's books. She is the vice-chair and chair-elect of the American Library Association's Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable, an ALA councilor, racial healing facilitator, and member of ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services' Advisory Committee.

Dr. Andrea Breau, Ph.D. is the Project Coordinator of the Diverse BookFinder and a feminist youth studies scholar whose research focuses on how Muslim immigrant youth in predominantly white spaces narrate their racial-ethnic identities through gender, sexuality and religion. As a new mother raising her daughter in a multiracial and multicultural family in Maine, Andrea’s interest in books that give children access to the literature and art they need to imagine their place within a better world into being is as “personal as it is political.”

About the Diverse BookFinder

Founded by Krista Aronson in collaboration with children’s book creator Anne Sibley O’Brien, and Bates alum Brenna Callahan (’15), the Diverse BookFinder is: 1) a unique circulating collection of nearly all of the trade picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC) published since 2002, 2) an online searchable database, and 3) a source of critical data about who (which BIPOC characters) is depicted, and how (what messages these stories send) in those books. Using the Diverse BookFinder, Krista, her collaborators, and students contribute to the national dialogue about diverse children’s books, capturing and communicating their dominant messages and exploring their impact on inclusion and bias, including how teachers and parents can utilize them in everyday life.


Event Type(s): Webinar

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