By Yasmine Aslam-Hashmi Today we’re thrilled to welcome JaNay Brown-Wood to the WNDB blog to discuss her passion for writing diverse and inclusive books and the extreme importance of representation—especially for young children! This year alone, she has ten books coming out. With titles … [Read more...] about Q&A With Author JaNay Brown-Wood
By Remi Kalir, University of Colorado Denver and Antero Garcia, Stanford University Annotation can be more than just an effective reading comprehension strategy. As educators and librarians are learning, it can be a form of activism and advocating for change. A young adult visiting the North … [Read more...] about #SharpieActivism: Annotating Books As a Movement for Change
By Heather Barcan When I was growing up, I thought I was White. Like Amelia Bedilia and Nancy Drew. Like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jo March, and Margaret Simon. Life experiences taught me otherwise, that the way I see the world and the way the world sees me is nothing like the ways that these … [Read more...] about How Teachers Can Increase the Diversity of Their Reading Curriculum
By Morgan Jackson In recent years, it seems as if every publication, educational organization, and school district has created a diverse reading list. In many ways, they embody Rudine Sims Bishop’s mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. These lists increase the representation of marginalized … [Read more...] about How Librarians and Teachers Can Cultivate Diverse Books That Go Beyond the Trauma Experience
By Gia Ruiz At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was furloughed from my part-time Reference/Youth Services Librarian Job. As the protests started, I kept thinking about how education is activism, and as a librarian, what my part should be. If we are systematically flawed, then we need to … [Read more...] about How To Start a Social Justice Book Club for Educators, Librarians, or Parents
By Cheryl Kim What is project-based learning? At the start of this unprecedented season of shelter-in-place, many parents found themselves having to become teachers overnight. Although there is an abundance of online resources, the amount of information being shared can be daunting. For parents … [Read more...] about Too Many Home Learning Resources? Start Here.
By Gholdy Muhammad Over the past seven years, I have been deeply involved in studying archival documents of the 19th century that chronicled literacy development among Black Americans. I engaged in archeological digs through hundreds of historical documents and literary artifacts, such as … [Read more...] about How to Move Beyond the Common Core and Connect Historical Excellence to Your Classroom