You may have noticed I’ve been following the growing outcry over the lack of diversity in children’s books in these Friday posts. Over the last several days, authors and readers all over the world began demanding wider representation from publishing companies and pledging to buy and read books that represent our world’s diverse cast of real-life characters.

  • To follow the movement, check out the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag on Twitter.
  • And also check out Elizabeth Bluemle’s World Full Of Color database – one of my favorite resources. In yesterday’s Shelftalker blog post, Elizabeth describes her database as featuring “more than 1,000 children’s and YA books featuring main characters of color where race is NOT the driving force of the story.”

Other links we liked this week:

  • Loved these tips from Anna Quindlen and her son on how to raise a voracious reader. “I made it seem like reading was the greatest thing since sliced bread because that’s how I feel.”
  • Fiction and neuroscience: this fascinating article in Time by Annie Murphy Paul shows how our brains light up when we process complex metaphors–inherent in understanding narratives.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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