Diversity in children's literature event findings & resources
26 Oct 2021
Following the success of our expert discussion, featuring academic Dr Helen Adam, and author Melissa Keil, discussing the importance of representation and diversity in children’s literature, Story Box Library is sharing the recording of this informative event, plus resources shared from participants.
Our informative and engaging panel event reached hundreds of people from across Australia and New Zealand, and even audiences from China, Korea, Singapore, USA and the UK! Thank you to all who attended the event, and to all interested registrants.
Recommended titles available on Story Box Library
Dr Helen Adam's & audience-recommended children’s book titles
- Audit Report On The Cultural Diversity Of Story Box Library, Jackie Small, 2020
- Atinuke, a Nigerian-born author who started her career as an oral storyteller of tales from the African continent. She draws on her recent Yoruba ancestry and her life in West Wales to write stories of contemporary life in Nigeria and in Wales.
- Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Resource - NCACL, a free database which provides insights into over 300 books written by and/or about Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and published between 1974 and 2020 for young people from birth through twelve years of age.
- Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), a tool designed to help you diversify your picture book collection
- Diversity Audit: A Practical Guide
- INCITE in conversation - November 2020, from ALIA’s first 'INCITE in conversation', a discussion with Maeva Masterson and Aimee Hay from Library and Archives NT, about a Territory-wide project, auditing the diversity of public library collections in the Northern Territory
- International Language Bookshop
- Library For All
- State Library NSW guide to diverse picture book collections
- The danger of telling a single story, TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The School That Tried To End Racism, ABC iView
- The Start of It All - A Conversation with Quintin, Human Chapters podcast
- The Tiny Activist Instagram
- Victorian State Government’s Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC)
- Wish We Knew What to Say: Talking with Children About Race by Dr Pragya Agarwal
Dr Helen Adam’s works
Adam, H., Hays, A., & Urquhart, Y. (2021). The Exclusive White World of Preservice Teachers’ Book Selection for the Classroom: Influences and Implications for Practice. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 46(8). https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol46/iss8/4
Adam, H. (2021). When Authenticity Goes Missing: How Monocultural Children’s Literature Is Silencing the Voices and Contributing to Invisibility of Children from Minority Backgrounds. Education Sciences, 11(1), 32. doi:10.3390/educsci11010032 https://www.mdpi.com/2227-7102/11/1/32/htm
Adam, H., & Barratt-Pugh, C. (2020). Book sharing with young children: A study of book sharing in four Australian long day care centres. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468798420981745
Adam, H., & Barratt-Pugh, (2020) The challenge of monoculturalism: what books are educators sharing with children and what messages do they send? . Australian Educational Researcher. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13384-019-00375-7
Adam, H., Barratt-Pugh, C. & Haig, Y. (2019). “Portray cultures other than ours”: How children’s literature is being used to support the diversity goals of the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. Australian Educational Researcher. https://rdcu.be/bhMgn
Our expert discussion featured Early Childhood education teacher and consultant Linda Harrison, and Story Box Library’s Education Resource Developer, Amelia Otto, as they busted myths about screen time for young kids, and explore how digital technologies can enhance creativity and learning.
Watch this informative and practical speaker series event for all educators, librarians and families looking to learn more about using multimedia stories to enrich learning and play, with practical tips and information to integrate multimedia storytelling into early childhood education. Topics include:
The role and importance of digital play in early learning settings
Picture books as provocations for learning
Busting myths about screen time for young children
Using Story Box Library’s multimedia stories to enrich play and learning
Educational resources and approved learning frameworks with national curriculum links