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Diverse BookFinder – Identify & Explore Multicultural Picture Books
"Our Mission/Vision

• To diversify and balance bookshelves everywhere, that all our children can find themselves reflected and celebrated in libraries, schools and homes across the nation.
• To move the diverse books discussion beyond a focus simply on the lack of numbers to also consider content and impact by translating research findings so that they are accessible and useful.


To move the diverse books discussion beyond a focus simply on the lack of numbers to a much more nuanced exploration of who (which groups) are represented in recent American children's picture books and how (what themes predominate for each group), and what that communicates about how members of each group are perceived in contemporary America.
Our current focus is on depictions of racial and cultural diversity.

We bring together the current national conversation about diverse books with existing and ongoing social science research on the topic. The former is largely driven by an emphasis on increasing the number of diverse books published annually, the latter is largely driven by an exploration of the impact diverse books and how they can be used to effect attitude change.

Improving cultural accuracy is an absolutely essential step towards necessary change in diverse children’s literature all children should be able to find authentic mirrors and windows in the books they read. But even when titles are free of stereotypes and misinformation, a collection can send messages that might not be what those who share books with children intend. A diverse group of culturally authentic books might still imply, for instance, that the Black experience is defined by pain and struggle, that Native people all lived long ago, that Asian, Latinx and Middle Eastern American lives are exotically foreign. Thematic analysis offers an additional tool to librarians and educators, publishers and parents, as they seek to create collections of titles that offer a wide and balanced range of messages about racially and culturally underrepresented groups.


This project is a work in progress. Even as we attempt to shift the spotlight to focus on groups that have been underrepresented in children's books, the [field/space/world] in which we operate continues to marginalize indigenous people and people of color and centralize White people. For example:

• White culture is dominant and normative, so it is commonly used as the reference point to which other cultures are compared ("diverse" compared to whom?).
• When choosing categories for evaluating and coding, references to the dominant culture can’t be avoided, since books featuring indigenous people and people of color are a record of a minority racial/cultural experience, often one of marginalization.
• The majority of children's books, including multicultural titles, continues to be created by White authors and illustrators, and agented, acquired, published, reviewed, sold and collected by businesses and institutions that are majority White.

Therefore, as we work to transform the world of picture books to better reflect our children, we're still part of the system we're trying to change. Many thoughtful people have contributed to our evolving concepts and language, and we invite you to be part of this conversation. We welcome critiques of our content, especially any suggestions for improvement."
books  diversity  literature  libraries  resources  classideas  via:sahelidatta 
december 2017 by robertogreco
Less Beef, More Broccoli: Becoming Healthier Americans – The Sampan Newspaper
"The researchers also surveyed college students about their embarrassing childhood food memories. Over two-thirds of the Asian-American respondents recalled food-related insecurities around white peers while growing up, such as awkwardness about using chopsticks, foods with “strange” smells, and the custom of eating all parts of the animal.

These factors all lead to the current scenario: about one-third of Asian American kids do not eat their daily recommended portion of fruits and vegetables, according to a report commissioned by the Asian Pacific Fund.  Moreover, forty-five percent of Asian children eat fast food on a daily basis, compared to only thirty-three percent of white children.  The report also show Asian high school boys have the lowest participation rate in after-school sports, while Asian girls have the second lowest participation rate."
2012  children  immigrants  us  immigration  health  food  via:sahelidatta 
august 2012 by robertogreco
The K.I.D.S. Corner Library
"We placed a K.I.D.S. Corner Library at Leonard St. & Withers St. in north Brooklyn, in collaboration with Eyelevel BQE. The collection of the K.I.D.S. Corner Library is shown on this blog. If you are interested in the corner libraries, get in touch with Colin (Emcee C.M., Master of None). He is the contact person for the project and seeks input and collaboration from you and everyone else. His email is colin (at) emceecm (dot) com. We are especially interested in finding people interested in being Corner Librarians, especially in New York City, which means being responsible for checking your local Corner Library once a day to make sure it is running smoothly. Of course, we are also interested in library patrons and thoughtful contributions to the libraries, especially in the neighborhood where you live or work."
lcproject  nyc  kidscornerlibrary  cornerlibrarians  bookstores  via:sahelidatta  booklists  books  libraries  brooklyn 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Who is harmed by a "Real Names" policy? - Geek Feminism Wiki
"This page lists groups of people who may be disadvantaged by any policy which bans Pseudonymity and requires so-called "Real names" (more properly, legal names).<br />
This is an attempt to create a comprehensive list of groups of people who are affected by such policies."
socialmedia  google  google+  facebook  pseudonyms  internet  identity  via:sahelidatta  2011 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Scream Sorbet: Amazing sorbet at a Bay Area farmers' market near you!
"We believe that the quality of our sorbet is unparalleled. Because we start with whole fresh ingredients, our sorbet is denser, creamier, and more flavorful than anything else you can buy. Each week, we walk Bay Area farmers' markets in search of the best local, organic, and seasonal produce available, head back to our lab to experiment, and then finish by making our sorbet one quart at a time. We want our sorbet to taste exactly like the fantastic ingredients that go into it."

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oakland  food  sustainability  sanfrancisco  fruit  sorbet  via:sahelidatta  bayarea 
july 2011 by robertogreco

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