6 Things I’m Thinking About 12/03

Read ahead for 6 thoughts on racism in education and bilingual language learning. In addition, educators and artists speak about the current state of American politics.

  1. Continuing this discussion about how lack of representation in publishing can harm children, The Atlantic’s article on “How Racism Contributes to the Achievement Gap” addresses some painful truths about the psychological damage of racism in the education space. grwaoi9eioq-delfi-de-la-rua.jpg
  2. I was moved by this op-ed on the power of bilingualism, from author Héctor Tobar: “For Latino immigrant children, Spanish is the key that unlocks the untranslatable wisdom of their elders, and that reveals the subtle truths in their family histories… And they are more likely to see the absurdity in the rants of xenophobes and racists.”
  3. Furthermore, bilingualism benefits everyone, not just English Language Learners. The Hechinger Report finds that the benefits extend to young Black students, too.
  4. From Chalkbeat: Three undocumented teachers, fueled by passion to open doors for all students through education, talk about the implications of the presidential election.
  5. Read the Declaration in Support of Children on The Brown Bookshelf. Hundreds of authors and illustrators signed affirming their dedication to use their art and expression to act against the bigotry that has been given a platform in the United States. I’m inspired to be a (small) part of this community of activists and artists.
  6. Black Friday is a big deal in my thrifty family. If you found amazing sales this past week, would you consider donating some of your savings to the We Need Diverse Books fundraiser? As I outline in the previous posts this past week, the work that WNDB does is not only important, but effective and achieves actionable results.

Have a wonderful weekend! Get ready for an exciting new book review next week… 🙂


6 Things I’m Thinking About

The 6 things that intrigued me from this past week. Read on for diversity in literature news and how schools can support immigrant/first-gen children!


  1. October is Filipino American History Month! Celebrate with these books by Filipino authors. Look out for Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz on this blog soon.
  2. Diverse books meets Netflix:  Publishers Weekly reports the We Need Diverse Books organization will soon be launching OurStory, an app that curates #ownvoices stories written from traditionally marginalized perspectives. One of my favorite picture books, Juna’s Jar, is in the database!
  3. If you’re looking for new ways to visualize “mirrors” and the need for diversity in children’s books, ReadingSpark has a thought-provoking  infographic. The illustrations underscore the fact that kids do take notice. So let’s do better!

  4. A Nashville middle school that specializes in nurturing the needs of recent immigrant students is the topic of this story from Chalkbeat. How do they do it? “Creative teaching,” article explains, so that teachers “aren’t just relying on English to help students master grade-level material.” But isn’t it so that creative, adaptive teaching methods benefit all students?
  5. I encourage readers from California to consider Proposition 58, which would give schools more freedom to expand bilingual programs for some of the most linguistically diverse kids in the country. So proud of my multilingual home state.
  6. The latest episode of the This American Life podcast follows a Somali refugee who wins a lottery that could make his dreams of living in the United States come true. Gripping, honest, and told with journalistic integrity above all, “Abdi and the Golden Ticket” invites reflection on the privilege of citizenship, and what it takes to become a naturalized citizen.

A corgi walks onto campus and suddenly life is filled with new meaning. Have a happy Indigenous Peoples Day weekend!