I’m very excited!
Zetta Elliott and I will be meeting for the first time tomorrow to discuss our upcoming symposium, A CONVERSATION ABOUT BOOKS, scheduled for Wednesday, October 13, AND>> WE are at full capacity!!!
Our program will revolve around books in curriculum, the ‘classics’ to whom?, K-12 reading lists, and, works by authors of color. Hopefully, this will prompt ongoing discussions, but more importantly it’s an opportunity for librarians and diversity directors to discuss ways in which diversity in literature and multicultural works can be incorporated into our 21st century schools’ programs. (((We’ve also invited small book publishers who will have their 15-min! Finally! Borders?! Get on board!!!)
In preparation for this ‘sold out’ crowd’, I will read a section of Zetta’s, “open letter to the children’s publishing industry,” and discuss some of the talking points from my panel discussion held at Princeton University back in July with Doret and Edi.
This week, I will be culling resources, best practices, and urging YOU to submit your thoughts and ideas.