Resources for Finding Diverse Books

Posted by Michelle Belton and Domi Long on 6/4/15 9:53 AM

Updated 6/20/19

At Lowell we understand the importance of having a diverse collection of library materials for children in preschool through middle school. It is one of the ways we support children's identities and understanding of others. As Jamie Campbell Naidoo writes, in a white paper titled Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children

Global understanding is part of being culturally competent. Children that exhibit global understanding can acknowledge how cultural differences, personal decisions, and social issues impact lives at a global level...The road to developing global understanding and achieving cultural competence can start in the children’s library by way of collections and programs that include cultural diversity.

As we expand our library collection, we want books that help children to see themselves in literature and look into the lives of others. We also hope that parents come to our libraries for a visit and check out books, too!

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Recently we had an open house to share with parents about our work in this area and some of the ways we identify new resources. We hope you find the list below useful.

Happy Reading from Lowell Librarians—Domi Long, Christine McDaniels, and Melissa Hill—and Director of Diversity Michelle Belton!

A few book lists from our own blog:

Books for Young Children about Identity, Social Justice, and Activism by April Greene, Tasha Jackson-Jones, and Kristin Peck

And some food for thought:

“'Call Me Tree’: A Children’s Book With No Gender-Specific Pronouns” by JamesMichael Nichols. The Huffington Post. 4 Apr. 2015. Web. 7 May 2015.

"How We Talk (or Don’t Talk) About Diversity When We Read with Our Kids" by Matt de la Peña. Brightly. Web. 7 May 2015.

"The Apartheid of Children's Literature" by Christopher Myers. The New York Times. 15 Mar. 2014. Web. 7 May 2015.

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Topics: Reading and Books, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion