Greetings to those of you attending the Howard County Literacy Association (HCLA) Teachers as Readers of Children’s Books online session this week.
Near the end of my talk during that gathering, I’ll mention this How to Diversify Your Kidlit-Related Lists flowchart, so I’d like to also extend this greeting to anyone else interested in making use of this tool.
You can read here about the history and intent of this flowchart, including the help I received from Janie Bynum and the late Karen Blumenthal.
And you can download a PDF of it.
But if an image file of How to Diversify Your Kidlit-Related Lists will meet your needs, here you go:
I hope you enjoy it greatly and share it widely!
Edited to add: After I tweeted about the flowchart, I received this spot-on reply from librarian Edi Campbell:
Also, be transparent about who is involved in creating the list and how it was influenced. How did you locate the books? Did publishers/authors pay to have books on your list? What is the creator's background?
— CrazyQuiltEdi (@CrazyQuilts) October 28, 2020
To which I added:
Those are excellent considerations, Edi. Another that I would add is, “If this list didn’t include my friend/my favorite author/me, would I objectively think it was good enough to share?”
— Chris Barton (@Bartography) October 28, 2020
This flowchart has always been a work in progress, and I’m always open to thoughtful suggestions for how I can make it more effective. Please feel free to share yours in the comments below.