Building a Multi-Ethnic Children’s Library – Ezra Jack Keats – Plus Complaints About Weather

It is April 22, and here in Saint Paul we are in the middle of a snowstorm – we are expected to get 2-4 inches tonight.  This is the third snow storm in a week and even Minnesota has had enough.  There is a warning out to stay off the roads unless necessary and both…

Bee Bim Bop! – Building a Multi-Ethnic Children’s Library

Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park.   Bee-Bim Bop! is so cute.  The rhymes are fun and rhytmic, and Ho Baek Lee’s illustrations are sweet and playful. The book tells the story of a child and mother preparing bee-bim bop, or bibim bop  a Korean dish of rice and toppings.  At the end of the book…

“Ethnic” Books – Please, Baby, Please

I need a new title for this series, I HATE writing “Ethnic” everyone is “ethnic.”  I don’t want to call in minority, or multi-cultural or … any suggestions? :All this springs from an article I came across and posted about a few days ago that mentioned that most Early Childhood Teachers couldn’t name books with…

“Ethnic Books” – Birchbark House Series – Louise Erdrich

Yesterday I mentioned that I would start featuring good children’s literature featuring non-white protagonists.  I’ve been reaching out to all of the mom’s and dad’s of pre-schoolers that I know for Early Childhood books, but I thought that I’d start out with some from my own area of expertise – Upper Elementary and Middle Grades.…

“Ethnic Books” – Blind Spot – Multicultural, Multiracial, Multi-ethnic Children’s Literature

Education Week’s Early Years Blog reports that preschool teachers cannot name books with non-white protagonists, even as 40% of our students are non-white in the United States: A group of more than 100 current and future educators in Shelby County, Tenn., could identify no tales about Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, or multicultural people, said Sabrina…