As those of you that follow my blog know, I enjoy having book fairs! There's nothing like seeing eyes light up like fire-crackers at the presentation of so many wonderfully colorful and diverse books! In fact, this fair is the first that I've been able showcase over thirty books with Black Americans on the cover:
Bit by bit, we'll erase tweets like these...
As Walter Dean Myers wrote in his New York Times article, Where Are the People of Color in Children's Books? "As I discovered who I was, a black teenager in a white-dominated world, I saw that these characters, these lives, were not mine. I didn’t want to become the 'black' representative, or some shining example of diversity. What I wanted, needed really, was to become an integral and valued part of the mosaic that I saw around me."
Please read it, especially, no matter if your library serves a homogeneous or heterogeneous population, children need perspective and empathy among their character building reads! And please see these additional resources: Statistics on Children's Books about People of Color and 6 Reasons Why We Need Diverse Books!
Now to the BOOK FAIR!
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins:
I would tell my friend, Lohrii about this book because she loves to read just like me and she loves to read graphic novels...just like me! My favorite scene in this book is when Astrid confronted Rachel and Nicole at the amusement park. It's my favorite part because I LOVE how Astrid showed her inner side and really let out her feelings. I also think it was really mean for Nicole to agree with Rachel about not talking to Astrid so that Nicole and Rachel kinda deserved it. Thank you, Alexia, for being a BRAVO library star reader!
P.S. I couldn't help but share this last tweet about the importance of librarians supporting diversity in their book-fairs, this wonderful man is supporting diversity IN BARBERSHOP!
"The Apartheid of Children's Literature."