Reading Strategies with Multicultural Books
Starting with the big picture of how children process and understand race, this panel show hands-on examples of reading strategies using multicultural books including using Spanish language and Latinx poetry in the classroom and how to set up a diverse book tasting for kids and teens.
Emma Otheguy is the author of the picture books Martí’s Song for Freedom, which received five starred reviews, and, most recently, Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges. Her debut middle-grade novel, Silver Meadows Summer, is coming from Knopf Books for Young Readers on April 30th, 2019. Otheguy lives in New York City.
Lisa Carroll is the library media specialist at Northeast Middle School in Bristol, CT where she does Book Tastings for students – piling up genres at tables and giving the kids an opportunity to read from the books to really give it a “taste.” She is the leader of the Northeast Middle School Project Lit Community and the head of the drama club.
Krista Aronson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bates College whose work focuses on understanding multicultural children’s books and how they can be used to nurture social and emotional growth. Her work draws heavily on the Diverse BookFinder. Founded by Krista Aronson in collaboration with Anne Sibley O’Brien, children’s book creator, and Brenna Callahan, the Diverse BookFinder is a search engine/database for K-3 picture books featuring diverse human characters and a corresponding physical collection of picture books which is housed at Ladd Library at Bates College. Using the collection Professor Aronson, her collaborators and students contribute to the national dialogue about diverse children’s books, capturing and communicating their dominant messages and exploring their impact on inclusion and bias — including how teachers and parents can utilize them in everyday life.
Moderator: Lisa Rogers
Lisa Rogers is an elementary school librarian and a former newspaper reporter and editor. Her debut picture book 16 WORDS: WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS AND THE RED WHEELBARROW, will be published by Random House’s Schwartz & Wade Books in May 2019. She is the winner of the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award.
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