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Education: #WeRead360


Cressman Library collaborated with the Education Department to purchase nearly 70 books for the#WeRead360 Project sponsored by the Cedar Crest College Diversity and Inclusion Council-IDEA Grant.
These Young Adult Fiction and Juvenile Literature books that highlight Black and Brown people, LGBTQ+ storylines, handicapped characters, refugee stories, and other beautifully diverse narratives will be housed in the Education Department as part of their collection.
A culmination came on February 22, 2021 when renowned Author and Illustrator, Vanessa Brantley Newton joined Dr. Melissa Kamyab virtually to discuss diversity in children's literature with the CCC Education Department.
This was a wonderful project to work on with the Education Department!


The #WeRead360 Collection of children’s and young adult literature is a collaboration between the Education Department and Cressman Library, located in room 131 of Curtis Hall. The collection houses over 1,700 books, beautifully displayed and available for your use! This diverse collection is organized by theme, where you can easily find diverse and inclusive titles to use and share in your classroom. Check-outs and returns occur right in room 131, via a QR code.


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I'm looking for...

I'm looking for... Indigenous children’s books / Indigenous children’s literature

Step 1) Try searching those keywords in the EBSCO Education Full Text database and look for an article that recommends and/or reviews children's literature!

Step 2) Did you find this article in the list of results? Reese, D. (2018). Critical Indigenous Literacies: Selecting and Using Children’s Books about Indigenous PeoplesLanguage Arts95(6), 389–393.

Step 3) Take the Full Text Finder link to get to the National Council of Teachers of English Language Arts journal. It goes to volume Vol. 95, No. 6, July  2018. The Critical Indigenous Literacies article is one of the Language Arts Lessons in that issue.

Step 4) You can read and/or download the article. It's about "unlearning stereotypical representations of Indigenous peoples and replacing harmful narratives with accurate information and understandings."

Step 5) There are several recommended books listed at the end of article, so select a book from the recommended reading list and learn more about that book. For example, In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III.

Step 6) Even though you found In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse listed in a recommended list of books in an article in Language Arts in an EBSCOhost database, can you corroborate that this is a good recommendation?

Step 7) Is the book In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III given a good recommendation at Social Justice Books | Teaching for a Change, for example?


Recommended image at Social Justice Books


Step 8) The conscious kid book lists are another place to check. Can you find other sites? What about School Library Journal Reviews Booklists?

"Cancel Culture"?!

Alter, Alexandra, and Elizabeth A. Harris. "Dr. Seuss Books Are Pulled, and a ‘Cancel Culture’Controversy Erupts." The New York Times (2021).

Is it "cancel culture" or is it a reflection of current social and cultural values?
What were the prevailing (and changing) social and cultural values during Theodor Geisel's lifetime?
Who was his audience? Why?

Further Reading:

 Ishizuka, Katie. "The Cat Is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss's Children's Books." Research on Diversity in Youth Literature 1.2 (2019): 4.

the conscious kid

Hwang Lynch, Grace. "Is the Cat in the Hat Racist? Read Across America Shifts Away From Dr. Seuss and Toward Diverse Books." School Library Journal, 11 Sept. 2017.

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#WeRead360 in the News

Cressman Library SPRING 2021 | ISSUE NO. 1 Newsletter 

Education Department FALL 2021 | Graduate School Newsletter

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