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Help A Child Feel Supported: Build an Inclusive Library

Center for Teaching Quality

CTQ blogger and elementary teacher Justin Minkel writes about the moment he realized that his classroom library of books wasn't inclusive enough to reaffirm every student's identity: "Based on 200 Read Alouds, 50 guided reading books, and the 500 titles in my class library, same-sex couples and families did not exist, with the sole exception of Heather Has Two Mommies...For children of gay and lesbian couples, or for students who develop crushes on a student of the same gender, their existence is about identity—not sex. Yet an examination of 1,000 books in the average elementary classroom or school library would turn up precisely zero books portraying these students’ realities."

Click on the link to read more of this post outlining how teachers and the community can do more to affirm each child's unique identity. Then ask what role you can play to help a local classroom or library become more inclusive and supportive of ALL children.

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  • Kris Giere

    Libraries can be an amazing cultural hub if we let them be!

    • Kris Giere

      Sorry, that should have been "Libraries of books," but libraries can be that too!

  • Liz Dwyer

    So important that our literature, and our libraries, reflect the real diversity of America. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Center for Teaching Quality

      Liz, Thanks for your encouragement and support! Public libraries and public school classrooms should reflect the diversity of people and ideas that they serve.