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CollectionsLife Issues (7), Baby/Toddler (100), Picture Books (688), Folk & Fairy Tales (22), Early Readers (81), Chapter Books (167), Middle Grade (379), Teen/YA (231), Graphic Novels (20), Fantasy & Science Fiction (119), Historical Fiction (7), Mysteries (9), Nonfiction (88), Poetry (38), Holiday (10), Leaders of Color (32), Multicultural Resource Books (12), Talking about Race with Kids (5), Activity, Game, Sticker Books (1), 2010 Titles (13), Non-U.S. Titles (5), All collections (1,664)

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About my libraryA WORLD FULL OF COLOR database.

This library was developed to serve as a collection of books celebrating racial and ethnic diversity. To qualify, the main character of the book must be a person of color and the story, while it might include themes of identity, the narrative of the story is not driven by issues surrounding race and ethnicity.

The original intent of this library, when I began it in 2009 was to help parents, teachers, librarians, and readers find books about kids of color being the point-of-view heroes of mainstream stories, rather than serving as token sidekicks or being relegated to the past. My African-American friends were tired of their kids only seeing themselves in books about slavery and Civil Rights struggles, so often seen as victims instead of heroes.

But. The wheels of publishing have at very long last begun to squeak and roll toward inclusion, and while representation is still vastly lopsided, it isn't quite as hard to find mainstream books featuring main characters of color. And given the prominence of discussions about race and identity in our culture, and the importance of celebrating and acknowledging those struggles and triumphs, it now feels as though the purpose and need for this database is shifting.

The original criteria excludes so many AMAZING books from the database, and I have a hard time tolerating this exclusion. So I am considering different ways of handling this, from opening it up to all books featuring main characters of color regardless of storyline, to creating an #OwnVoices database inclusive of all stories by and about people of color that are published for children and teens. I'm open to all feedback about this update to the database.

With the exception of a few resource books, all titles in this collection are in print and available from independent bookstores and from publishers.



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Real nameElizabeth Bluemle

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Member sinceSep 6, 2009

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