What Is Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching?

When recently asked to provide his view on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, Sharroky Hollie, Ph.D., author of Shell Education’s, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning, was happy to share his passion and expertise on the topic.

“Ironically, the importance of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching or CLR being in all schools is not related […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Diverse Books|0 Comments

Curating Collections of Books That Reflect a Diverse America

Of all the duties of a Booksource Collection Development Specialist, the one we take the most pride in is the curation of the collections in our catalogs and on our website. We carefully consider every decision we make about which books are and are not included. We ask ourselves numerous guiding questions throughout the process:

Are […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Diverse Books|0 Comments

The Power of Story: Recommended Black History Month Titles for Every Grade Level

Established on the coattails of the Civil Rights Movement and Negro History Week, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month in 1976 with the hope that the public would “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor through our history.” This is a […]

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Teach a Holiday Lesson in Multiculturalism with These 5 Holidays Around the World Collections

Holidays can be tricky for teachers to navigate, especially in the elementary grades where many classroom activities revolve around the latest opportunity for celebration.

So how can educators and administrators best integrate holidays into school curriculum? While individual schools and districts will ultimately have to decide what approach works best for them, don’t forget about the […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Diverse Books|0 Comments

Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Picture Books About Cuba

As we move towards a global society, the world we live in grows smaller each day. Students need to be prepared for this trend toward globalization. Teachers play a vital role in ensuring that an appreciation for and understanding of cultural diversity is an integral part of every child’s education.

Through literature, teachers have an amazing […]

By |November 4th, 2016|Diverse Books|0 Comments

Diverse Stories Paint the Palette of Our Humanity

At a LitWorld LitClub in Manila, the Philippines, a mentor shared the profound impact a book had on the girls there. Read page by page in both English and Tagalog; the children absorbed the book, Whoever You Are with deep delight. The teaching mentor described how the children responded strongly to the messages in the […]

By |September 5th, 2016|Diverse Books|0 Comments

Reinforcing the Message of Equality and Peace

Dorothy Law Nolte first published this poem titled “Children Learn What They Live” in 1954, and co-authored a book with Rachel Harris in 1998 of with the same title. As educators, we see first-hand how our actions and our students’ parents’ actions speak to our students louder than any words, lesson or story we have […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Diverse Books|0 Comments

ALA Resources for Finding Great GLBT Books

Recent times have seen a dramatic shift in public opinion and policies regarding the rights of GLBT individuals. Literature is experiencing a parallel increase towards inclusivity of GLBT characters. This can make choosing titles for the classroom interesting, to say the least! Luckily, the American Library Association (ALA) offers numerous resources to help review and […]

By |June 8th, 2016|Diverse Books|0 Comments

Books To Use in a Diverse Cultures Unit for Middle School Readers

Our world is becoming more and more diverse all of the time. With rapid advances in technology comes access to so much more information and so many more types of people. By using text with videos, blogs and audio from various cultures around the world, students can be exposed to more than we could have […]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Diverse Books|0 Comments

10 Websites to Help You Find the Best Diverse Books Lists (and Other Resources)

Although it’s been an often-discussed topic, the importance of sharing diverse books with children and young adults really cannot be stressed enough. From cultivating a sense of empathy and awareness to providing an accurate representation of the world, exposure to diverse books has many advantages for readers of all ages, though it can be a […]

By |October 15th, 2015|Diverse Books|0 Comments