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Diversity in Collection Development

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"Those kids who are hungry for books aren't always going to be straight, able-bodied, white males. And they want books that reflect that. Just as we need black students graduating top of their class at Harvard and brilliant female astronauts as our role models, so do we need our diverse literary heroes to remind us that the world is a playground for all, no matter who you are."  

 ~~Jacob Hood 


Approach selection through a diversity/equity lens.  Think of literature as "windows", "mirrors", "bridges", "sliding glass doors" and much more for your school community.  




Diversity Resources

* Please note that although resources are provided here, any books or resources located on these pages must still be measured against the BCPS Selection Policies and Guidelines.


         Search by Diversity Topic or SEL Topic. Review the steps on the 
            SEL Topic & Diversity Topic Search in TitleWave Document.  




Why do we need diverse books in our collection?




Other Videos and Resources: 


The Real Reason We Need Diverse Books   We Need Diverse Books Slideshow


Author Grace Lin: The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf (VIDEO)


Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story


Comic: Comfort Zone - Gene Luen Yang, from School Library Journal, March 22, 2017


    * excerpt from Comfort Zone Comic by Gene Luen Yang




MASL 2015 "Diversity: The more variety, the better society." 







Lee & Low Books, The Diversity Gap in Children's Book Publishing, 2017