Why Diversity Matters in School Library Collections— And How to Achieve It
How we perceive the world—and, just as importantly, how we see ourselves—is a function of the stories we experience in books and other media. Yet, while the United States has become more culturally and ethnically diverse, children’s books largely haven’t kept pace.
That’s now beginning to change. Educators are consciously seeking to diversify their classroom library collections, and publishers are amplifying the voices of underrepresented groups in the children’s books they produce. This white paper examines why these efforts are important—and it looks at how educators and other K-12 leaders can make a difference.