The website, Diverse Book Finder aims to aid people in thinking critically not just about what and who are represented in books but also how. Currently a searchable database of books for K-3rd grade with Black, Indigenous, or People of Color characters; books are tagged with themes which identify: categories, ethnicity, awards, settings, content, genres, tribal affiliation/homelands, race/culture, immigration status, gender, religion, and character prominence. This can be used to think about intersectional representation as well as the type of diverse representation in a book.
Some titles you search in Diverse Book Finder will have been tagged with these categories, like in the example of A House for Every Bird below:
But many titles are not currently in Diverse Book Finder, although it it constantly expanding coverage. Regardless, the way they categorize books can reveal key details to help us evaluate our book selections. You can use a similar process to guide your thinking when looking at books. In particular, their categories which address how diverse characters are represented in a story are crucial to thinking about inclusivity. They use nine book categories to define the kind of story being told. These are:
When considering a picture book with one or more diverse characters the kind of story being told impacts how it acts as a window, mirror, or sliding glass door. For your books, consider which category(ies) it would fit and what the impact of that is.
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