This week I was honored to speak at the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference in Norfolk. I wanted to share a few of my remarks here:
I hope we can agree that one of the vital functions of books and literature is to offer readers visions of the world we live in. That world is incredibly diverse!—whether you’re talking about the entire planet, or the United States as a nation, or the internet where so many people of all ages spend much of their time these days.
If our classroom and library collections do not offer young readers a wide choice of diverse books, then we are not preparing them for the world they will live in as adults. That applies whatever the demographics of your student population. Everyone– adults included!–needs to learn more about the amazing, colorful, diverse world we live in. We ALL need diverse books.
With Laurie Bolt, president-elect of VAASL.