So that’s what the Everyday Diversity project is about: creating a resource of books reflecting “everyday” diversity, and highlighting those that are appropriate for storytime.
Everyday Diversity books:
1. Predominately feature diverse main characters—no tokenism.
2. Are, “Loose tooth books.” That is, the storylines are not about race, religion, ability, or cultures.
3. Are, by nature, often ambiguous. Finding them requires close looking and open interpretations. We might get it wrong sometimes, but I think the benefits of the project outweigh the risk of misstep.
The Everyday Diversity project does not minimize the real need for education about race, history, social equality, and injustice. It does not mean to take a stand that we are past racism or any such idealism. The Everyday Diversity project is about filling a small but important need within the larger issues. More and more I get parents looking for books that are “everyday stories” featuring diverse characters, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’d like to create a resource for answering those questions.
My goals for the project are:
1. To create searchable database of books with storytime theme suggestions.
2. In-depth reviews of great storytime books that feature Everyday Diversity.
Want to be involved? I need you. I’m looking to form a team to help get this project going, and to make it something useful and powerful and inspiring. Email me at gmail: opinionsbyanna and we’ll make something awesome together.