Beyond Your Identity: MSLA Resources

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For Massachusetts School Librarians and others interested in a children’s literature diversity conversation, Curious City is sharing the resources from the “Beyond Your Identity” panel at the MASS School Library Association Spring BookFest: Windows, Mirrors and Doors.

Publishing industry professionals discuss reading, writing, acquiring and promoting children’s books beyond their identity. The panelists discuss their own work and share why children need access to all types of stories that reflect the realities of the world in which we live. Panelists also share titles that changed their lives and ones they think will change lives of future generations.

Jason Low, Publisher, Lee & Low Books
Anne Sibley O’Brien, Author, Illustrator
Tara Sullivan, Young Adult Author
Nicole Tadgell, Illustrator
Kirsten Cappy, Curious City, Children’s Book Advocate


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In Thinking About Identity and Diversity

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award-winning publisher, Lee & Low Books.

Attend Nicole Tadgell’s launch of Real Sisters Pretend.

Explore The Picture Book Project: A Bates College Collection Portraying Children of Color

Read “How Cross Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance”
(School Library Journal)

Explore the World of Color book list.

Read “Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy”
(Scientific American)

Explore I’m Your Neighbor Books, Children’s Books Set in “New Arrival” Communities

View & Download the FREE Classroom & Library exploration of immigration and welcoming connected to Anne Sibley O’Brien’s award-winning picture book, I’m New Here (Charlesbridge Publishing)

View & Download the FREE guide to discussing friendship across difference with Mike Jung’s middle grade novel, Unidentified Suburban Object (Scholastic)

View & Download the FREE Poetry Workshop connected to Don Tate’s award-winning picture book, Poet (Peachtree Publishers)

View & Download the FREE Service Learning Project connected to Tamara Ellis Smith’s middle grade Katrina novel, Another Kind of Hurricane (Random House)


Memorial School, Medfield, MA
Dedham Public Schools, Dedham, MA
Graham & Parks School Library, Cambridge, MA
Monomoy Regional High School, Harwich, MA
John F. Kennedy MS, Natick, MA
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA
The Fenn School, Concord, MA
Salem State University, Salem, MA
Orchard School, South Burlington, Vermont
Codman Academy Charter Public School, Dorchester, MA
Newton South High School, Newton, MA
Dupont Middle School, Chicopee, MA




One Comment

  1. This looks like such a great event! I wish I lived closer!

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