Happy First Month of School for so many of our Colorful Pages Community! With all of this anxiety swarming around me, the clearest thing I am clinging to in my pedagogy is: How can I create a Caring Classroom Community? Here is a list of Diverse Picture Books for a Caring Classroom Community. Use these 10 books to build connections between students, foster a love for their community, and affirm themselves.
Congratulations to all 2021 graduates!! In this list, we have listed 10 diverse picture books written by Black authors, Indigenous authors, and authors of color. Each book would give a special and empowering message to your graduate. Happy Graduation from Colorful Pages!
Happy Pride Month, Colorful Pages Community! To join in on the celebrations and continue to advocate for social justice, I put together a Colorful Pages Happy Pride Month Book List. This book list contains 10 diverse picture books that families, educators, and librarians can use to recognize Pride Month, be inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community, and have conversations about social justice issues in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. Over half of our list includes books written by authors of color!
"In My Mosque" is a picture book created to spread joy and counter tragedy! After reading it, I could tell there was a deep story and inspiration behind this book. Therefore, I reached out to M.O. Yuksel to see if she would be interested in an interview. And, luckily, she said yes! Check out our interview below.
In this post, I am sharing a Unit Plan & Materials that I created centered around learning about AAPI Leaders in History! This is a great lesson to START to talk about AAPI History and introduce students to some key AAPI Leaders. Please make sure the conversations do not just stop here. Check out the unit plan and materials here!
This month I am doing an AAPI Studies Series for Colorful Pages. My hope is to release a plethora of resources for educators, families, and librarians to ensure that our history and heritage is taught. In this booklist, I share 15 books about AAPI Leaders for elementary students, consisting of mostly picture books! Each book is written or co-written by an AAPI author because we must center AAPI voices while teaching our heritage and history. I have organized this list into two categories: (1) Books Featuring Multiple AAPI Leaders, and (2) Books Featuring a Specific AAPI Leader.
I am SO excited to write this list of 15 Wonderful Women of Color Authors! Even though it is not Women’s History Month anymore, we need to uplift women of color authors as much as possible. Also, I want to point out that this list is definitely not exhaustive and there are SO many more Wonderful Women of Color authors than the 15 I list here. Check out our social media and website resources to find more suggestions!
To say the last week has been hard would be an understatement. On Tuesday evening, a gunman killed six Asian women and two others in attacks on spas across Atlanta, Georgia. We must call this for what it was: a hate crime and one of the worst forms of racism, murder. To help the nation address the anti-AAPI racism and help our community heal, we have created a list of 20 diverse books for educators, families, and librarians to use with your students on our website. There are 10 picture books and 10 young adult novels to address Anti-AAPI Racism, empower our AAPI Community, and provide counternarratives. Each book (besides one) is written by an amazing AAPI author. Please remember that you have future adults in your classrooms, homes, and libraries. You can have an impact on them and help them challenge anti-AAPI racism. Together, by centering AAPI voices and experiences, we can heal our community!
Instead of Dr. Seuss Day or General Read Across America Day, participate in 2021 Read Across America with Colorful Pages Week. In our program, we aim to redress the harm that Dr. Seuss has done by uplifting diverse books and BIPOC authors throughout the week. Check out this article to get a unit plan, worksheets, book list, and more online free resources!
Gung hay fat choy! Happy Lunar New Year! To celebrate and learn more, here is a list of 8 books about Lunar New Year: 6 picture books and 2 chapter books! Each book is written by an Asian author. It is important that we uplift #OwnVoices authors, especially when it comes to Exploration Books. Check out one or a few of these books this Lunar New Year and beyond!