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Diversity in Books

As we celebrate Black History Month and diverse characters in children’s literature, there are several annual awards we can look to that recognize a range of works. Teachers and librarians have been calling for new titles that allow them to present a window into the world of different cultures or allow children to see themselves reflected as the hero of the story.
Here are some recent award winners teachers and parents can use as a resource in the classroom and at home.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
Focus: Books that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
Focus: Books...that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, the global community and equity for all people.
Pura Belpré Awards
Focus: Books that best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
Schneider Family Book Award
Focus: Books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
American Indian Youth Literature Awards
Focus: Writing and illustrations by and about American Indians that present the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.

Want to learn more? Visit We Need Diverse Books a nonprofit organization which envisions “a world in which all children see themselves in the pages of a book”.
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