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~Candice Kail, "#Ownvoices - Collection Development: Race, Diversity, and Society"
The mission and vision statement for the We Need Diverse Books campaign is "Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children. A world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book." But we think it's also not too late for adults to find themselves in the pages of a book, too! Sharing our experiences is an important way to learn about, and to learn to accept, each other, despite our differences. A Google search for the word racism in the news comes back with 7 million results in .37 seconds - race, and affirming diversity, are definitely topics that continue to be debated at length, worldwide. We invite you to partake of some titles from our catalog showcasing diversity which you might have missed:
This Muslim American Life by Mustafa Bayoumi
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now by Touré
The Turquoise Ledge by Leslie Marmon Silko
Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret E. Savoy
Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer
Policing the Black Man edited by Angela J. Davis
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
We the Animals by Justin Torres
I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita [eAudiobook]
Sons and Other Flammable Objects by Porochista Khakpour
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Grace by Natashia Deón
The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover
As Candice Kail says in the article quoted above, "it's assumed that the classics will already be part of nearly all [library] collections because, whether acknowledged or not, cultural pluralism has always defined our society." Looking for an older book dealing with issues of diversity? Try our list of classics, all available in the library catalog.