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    New Diversity Books For Loyal Heights
    Posted on 05/24/2021
    graphic of students reading books

    New Books About Diversity!

    The Parent RET (Race and Equity Team) provided funds to support the school RET to buy books on diversity. A committee was form with parents Maura McCulloch, Galen Longstreth, and Elizabeth Reiter and staff members Ms. Williams, Mrs. Lepse, and Ms. Norman.  The committee looked through various diversity books vetting tools and found one that we all agreed was an appropriate and functional too. After the committee researched and read many books that passed the vetting tool, a final list of books to purchase was decided. See entire list at the bottom of this article.

    Here is vetting tool the group used, from a fabulous website https://www.learningforjustice.org/

    This year the focus was on Native American authors and books about disability— we also purchased books by a Latinx author, a Caribbean American author, and books about body size, immigration, gender, and whites privilege. Books were purchased for each grade level, specialists, and our counselor, Ms. Rider.

    Here is a short video of the staff members and the books they received. You can see how happy and excited they are to add these titles to their class libraries. 

    A thank you note from Mrs. Chutich
    thank you note from Ms Chutich

    Here is the complete list of books purchased. Take a look and think about adding some to your home bookshelves. 

    2020-2021 Diverse Books Titles Selections

    Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
    Say Something by Peter H Reynolds
    I Am Enough by Grace Byers
    Dear Primo by Duncan
    Slug Days by Sara Leach and Rebecca Bender
    Penguin Days by Sara Leach and Rebecca Bender
    Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
    Celebrations in Nunavut by Aviaq Johnston and Lenny Lishchenko
    What’s My Superpower by Aviaq Johnston
    Duck Days by Sara Leach and Rebecca Bender
    Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
    The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
    Wilma’s Way Home by Doreen Rappaport and Linda Kukuk
    Undocumented And Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
    The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle
    We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade
    My Wounded Island by Jacques Pasquet, Marion Arbona, et al.
    I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
    Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison
    Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
    Brave. Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World by Cheryl Hudson and Erin K. Robinson
    Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
    by Duncan Tonatiuh
    A Kid's Book About Gender by Dale Mueller
    A Kid's Book About Body Image by Rebecca Alexander
    A Kid's Book About Systemic Racism by Jordan Thierry
    A Kid's Book About Immigration by M.J. Calderon
    A Kid’s Book About Disabilities by Kristine Napper