Category Archives: diversity

Pauline Hopkins and the American Dilemma

In 2016, during the height of the presidential primaries, the Pew Research Center reported that black and white Americans are (unsurprisingly) split on how much racial progress has been achieved in America eight years after President Barack Obama took office. In response to the statement “Our country has made the changes needed to give blacks […] Continue reading

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Last Stop on Market Street

I cannot say enough good things about Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson’s 2015 Last Stop on Market Street. I stumbled upon it quite by accident, tugging on its bright orange spine in the hopes that the book would be less dusty and worn than the others I’d found in the library…and I was not […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: Blackout

Blackout by John Rocco tells the story of a family during a power outage in New York City. The book won the Caldecott Honor in 2012, and from the beautiful scene on the cover alone, it’s clear why. The book begins with a boy, wanting to spend time with his family who is all much […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesdays: Freedom Summer

In Freedom Summer, Deborah Wiles tells the story of two young boys in the summer of 1964, right after the Civil Rights Act is passed.  This book received the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe new talent award for Jerome Lagarrigue and the Simon Wiesenthal “Once Upon A World Award.” The story is told from the perspective of […] Continue reading

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