Beyond School Hours 2022 - February 23-26, 2022 - Caribe Royale Orlando

Alice Isn’t the Only One with a Looking Glass: Cultural Relevance and Inclusivity in Children’s Literature

Amy Franks, Book Harvest
Grades: PreK-5
Garrison Keillor is credited with saying, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” True, indeed, but imagine receiving a gift and finding that it is nice enough, but it doesn’t suit you. It doesn’t speak to your interests, your hobbies, your likes, the things that tell the story of you. Now imagine getting that same not-a-fit gift again and again. This is all too often the case with children’s books. In order to become avid readers and to reap the full benefits of lifelong literacy, children have to see both themselves and worlds beyond their own in the stories they read. This isn’t possible if children don’t have regular access to books that represent people from all walks of life. Designed to illuminate this inequity in representation in children’s books and the importance of portraying ALL children, honoring diverse backgrounds, languages, abilities, and perspectives, as well as including stories by and about people of color, this workshop will act as the foundation for rethinking the diversity of your program’s bookshelves to promote and support literacy-rich experiences. This hands-on, discussion and immersion-rich experience introduces the concept of mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors, provides practice in selecting books that are reflective of the wide and varied experiences of children, includes a real-world experience of seeing oneself in the pages of a book, and offers practical tips for program application.
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