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Reading & Diversity

Reading & Diversity

Reading & Diversity for children

Let’s talk books, diversity, and why they are important. First it takes an entire community to make changes in how we think about society, culture, and people. I am sure you’ve heard this a million times, especially recently. I am not here to belabor this message, rather just share a few reasons why we, yes we, should be reading diverse books.

The first thing to point out is, research shows when children of all abilities, cultures, beliefs, and skin colors see themselves represented positively, it builds their self-esteem. It also allows for the children reading the books to learn a person’s ability, culture, belief, and/or skin color is not what makes them special. There is more to a person than what we see.

Rudine Sims Bishop, a published children’s author, believes, “Literature transforms the human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as a part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation”. Why is this so important? Things like home life, school, environment, and the books we read influence us as humans. Our sense of identity, value, and agency are all impacted by the world around us and choosing a book that represents the larger world around us will not only validate the belief in oneself, but it can start to build the connection of what it means to be, a valued member of society.

As children grow and become more curious, it will allow for visibility or rather a curiosity about current events. Curating positive and very real discussions in a safe space. Giving children the opportunity to learn about differences in age, race or ethnicity, ability or even socioeconomic status. We want to encourage community building and understanding the similarities; kids are kids, no matter how different their backgrounds!

Here are a few of my favorite books:



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STEM Reading List for Toddlers

STEM Reading List for Toddlers

STEM books for toddlers
I adore encouraging my girls to explore their world and find learning opportunities around every corner. With the launch of our handmade STEM themed clothing capsule we thought it would also be fun to share our favorite STEM books too in a little round up. 
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