February 12, 2016

PPP: Ensuring Diversity in Your Library–Elementary Style

Written by Deborah B. Ford

We Came to AmericaWhat is diversity? Is it race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or culture? Is it all of the above and more? If we work with diverse students and patrons, shouldn’t our teaching strategies, programs, and literature collection be a reflection of our community and beyond? Librarians are faced with the challenge of linking these students and arming them with tools for life beyond academia. By ensuring that they have a welcoming place, devoted to the way they learn, with resources and tools that accommodate their needs and those they will meet, teachers and librarians can build a positive environment that will affect their literacy development.

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Here are some of the upcoming spring releases we talked about today.

KLEBER, Dori. More-igami. illus. by G. Brian Karas. 40p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763668198. JLG Category: P : Primary (Grades K-1).

WATTS, Jeri. A Piece of Home. illus. by Hyewon Yum. 32p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763669713. JLG Category: E : Easy Reading (Grades 1-3).

SPRINGSTUBB, Tricia. Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe. 144p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763658588. JLG Category: I+ : Independent Readers (Grades 2-4).

ROSENSTOCK, Barb. Dorothea’s Eyes. illus. by Gerard DuBois. 40p. Calkins Creek. 2016. ISBN 9781629792088. JLG Category: AE : Arts Elementary (Grades 2-6).

VERNICK, Audrey. The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton. illus. by Steven Salerno. 40p. Clarion. 2016. ISBN 9780544611634. JLG Category: SE : Sports Elementary (Grades 2-6).

MACY, Sue. Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber. 40p. Paula Wiseman. 2016. ISBN 9781481401203. JLG Category: BE : Biography Elementary (Grades 2-6).

RICHARDSON, Jael Ealey. The Stone Thrower. illus. by Matt James. 32p. Groundwood. 2016. ISBN 9781554987528. JLG Category: SE : Sports Elementary (Grades 2-6).

PENNYPACKER, Sara. Waylon! One Awesome Thing. illus. by Marla Frazee. 208p. Disney-Hyperion. 2016. ISBN 9781484701522. JLG Category: I : Independent Readers (Grades 2-4).

ALEXIE, Sherman. Thunder Boy Jr. illus. by Yuji Morales. 40p. Little, Brown. 2016. ISBN 9780316013727. JLG Category: K : Kindergarten (Grades PreK-K).

RINGGOLD, Faith. We Came to America. illus. by author. 32p. Knopf. 2016. ISBN 9780517709481. JLG Category: NEK : Nonfiction Early Elementary (Grades K-2).

HOPKINSON, Deborah. Steamboat School. illus. by Ron Husband. 40p. Jump at the Sun. 2016. ISBN 9781423121961. JLG Category: E+ : Easy Reading (Grades 1-3).

MEYER, Susan Lynn. Skating with the Statue of Liberty. 320p. Delacorte. 2016. ISBN 9780375990106. JLG Category:  CE : City Elementary (Grades 2-6).

KULLING, Monica. To the Rescue! Garrett Morgan Underground. illus. by David Parkins. 32p. Tundra. 2016. ISBN 9781101918814. JLG Category: I : Independent Readers (Grades 2-4).

ROCKLIFF, Mara. Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic. illus. by Iacopo Bruno. 48p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763668419. JLG Category: BE : Biography Elementary (Grades 2-6).

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Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go @ SLJ. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at Contact her at Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.

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