We Need Diverse Books (WND) is a dynamic organization of children’s book lovers that "advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people." WND has just published a short-story collection, Flying Lessons, that is terrific! Contributing authors include Kwame Alexander, Grace Lin, Matt de la Peña, Jacqueline Woodson, and others!
The library is collaborating with Dr. Talusan, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to create great book lists that honor the many identities and cultures that make up the Park community. Currently on display in the library are 25 Great Books: Being Muslim. An ongoing project, complete lists can be found in the library's online catalogue, Destiny Quest.
On January 23, join Dr. Talusan and the Park community for a DE&I Workshop: "Building a Healthy School Climate for Muslim Students and Families."
One of the brightest literary lights, Andrea Davis Pinkney recently visited The Park School, inspiring our community through presentations in Upper Division morning meeting and Grade II library classes. Ms. Pinkney is the author of over thirty books for children, primarily focusing on the African-American cultural experience. Her significant and beautifully crafted works are currently on display in the library.
“When I feel stuck, I tell myself to move forward, never backwards.” Here in the library, we are embracing the new year with the inspiring advice from ISHI: Simple Tips From a Solid Friend, our most recent Books for the Year selection. Kids are designing their own ISHI (“rock” in Japanese), and the ensuing happiness is simply contagious!
For more information about the ISHI Project, click here.