Equal Read

Berkeley Public Library launches Equal Read collection! Great stories, diverse characters, a world of possibility — Search the catalogue for “Equal Read” now: www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org


Equal Read was founded as a nonprofit organization in December 2013 to increase diversity in children’s literature because all kids deserve to see themselves, their communities, and a world of possibility in the books they read.

What if diverse, engaging stories were the rule, rather than the exception?

Reading literary fiction and identity-safe classrooms increase empathy and achievement, yet:

• less than 10% of children’s books published last year featured a person of color;
• gender representations continued with substantial bias; and,
• myriad other identity categories — from family structures to different abilities, continue to find minimal expression.

Equal Read provides broadly diverse book collections, balanced for gender and representative of every classroom learner, coupled with:

• teacher professional development;
• parent education;
• community building; and,
• author events to increase cultural competency.

Working with schools, libraries, academics, booksellers, and publishers, Equal Read strives to build empathy with diverse books and curricula.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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Taun Wright, CEO of Equal Read, lays out some of the arguments for using diverse books in all schools, regardless of student demographics.

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Nina Lindsay unpacks some famous children’s book awards.

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UW-Madison center sees hope for more diversity in children’s books. ⇒ Read more

Congratulations to Equal Read Advisory Board Member Kathleen T. Horning on receiving the Association for Library Service to Children 2015 Distinguished Service Award at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Read more

“One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.”

—Nobel Lecture by Malala Yousafzai, Oslo, 10 December 2014

Perspectives for a Diverse America

Build Literacy-Based, Anti-Bias Learning Plans.

Teaching Tolerance’s Perspectives for a Diverse America is a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.

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Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn


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