Talking About Books for Kids is a new podcast hosted by Jaqueline Douge, a pediatrician, mother, writer, blogger, child advocate, and book reader. Intended for anyone looking to more fully engage with children’s literature, the podcast has a special focus on highlighting diversity (or discussing lack thereof) in children’s publishing. Each episode takes a critical look at the industry while interviewing diverse authors and celebrating their work. The episodes are accessible online and in iTunes. Presently the site hosts 16 book/author episodes, plus an interview with Kaya Thomas, creator of We Read Too, a book directory mobile app that features books for children and teens with main characters of color written by authors of color. In the interview, Thomas shares how she combined her love of reading and coding to create a resource for diverse books, how coding allows the creation of digital resources to expand access to resources in any form, why it’s important that all children read about people different from themselves, and how she engages with the community for book suggestions.
DonorsChoose has launched #ISeeMe, a campaign aimed at boosting the amount of culturally responsive materials in US classrooms. These include books written by authors of color or other resources featuring figures from diverse backgrounds.
The digital collection of the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature currently holds more than 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing readers to get a sense of what adults in the UK and the US wanted children to know and believe in the 1800s.