If you saw our post yesterday, then you know Tuesday was Multicultural Children’s Book Day. So many great resources were created around the event, and many started using the hashtag #ReadYourWorld–I love this! Not only does it speak to the need for diverse literature for all students in all classrooms (#weneeddiversebooks), but it’s also a reference to Paulo Freire’s idea that one must be able to read the world in order to read the word. Freire’s work was the reason I became a teacher, and his ideas are still highly influential in how I approach the concepts of teaching and learning. In the spirit of #ReadYourWorld, today’s En la Clase highlights a resource I just learned about: Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS). For those of you who may also be unfamiliar with the organization, here’s a little bit about them from their website:
The Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association formed the Notable Books for a Global Society Committee in 1995. Under the guidance of Yvonne Siu-Runyan, who originated and spearheaded the project, the committee undertook to identify outstanding trade books that it felt would help promote understanding across lines of culture, race, sexual orientation, values, and ethnicity.