THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSE BOOKS.
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As a queer and transgender individual, I have a special interest in creating respectful, inclusive and empathetic classroom communities. One way I have found myself able to effectively do so is through narrative representation of diverse students. I have spent many hours collecting and reading diverse picture books in hopes to curate a list that amplifies the voices of marginalized peoples. These stories allow me to connect with all of my students, regardless of our own differences.
Growing up as a queer person of colour, I never saw myself reflected in the books read. I believe that the literature and stories presented to children play an influential role in their lives. Students need to be able to see themselves as well as their peers in the stories they read. Having diverse books not only can make the difference for one student but also create empathy and a sense of community for everyone else. We need diverse books in classrooms to show students they are not alone.