What if diverse, engaging stories were the rule, rather than the exception?
Working with schools, libraries, academics, booksellers, and publishers, Equal Read strives to build empathy with diverse books and curricula.
Equal Read builds broadly diverse book collections and provides teacher professional development, parent education, and author events for more identity-safe classrooms in schools.
Berkeley Public Library is growing its Equal Read collection! Search the catalogue for “Equal Read” now: www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
Some of our favorite sources of information on children’s books:
Reading LGBTQ-Inclusive Children’s Books in Schools:
American Indians in Children’s Literature:
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s 2017 preliminary list is out! https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/Choices_17_preliminary_list.pdf
Reading While White: Allies for Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Books for Children’s and Teens:
California educators: free professional development opportunities at the Museum of Tolerance, including Teaching Tolerance’s literacy-based anti-bias curriculum Perspectives for a Diverse America:
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.
Taun Wright, CEO of Equal Read, lays out some of the arguments for using diverse books in all schools, regardless of student demographics.