Library Standards Support
Inspired by the American Association of School Librarians1, the reference points that are bolded below showcase unique and innovative ways to support diversity, analyze your collection, and share resources to empower your learning community.
Inquire Becomes Inquiry
Search for titles and provide primary source materials in your interactive spaces to enrich literacy instruction, engage readers, and deepen connections to books.
- Create shelf talkers for immediate access to resources like this Meet-the-Author Recording with Deborah Heiligman on Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of the Children's Ship for students to consider how experiences can bring out the best and worst in people.
- Then, strengthen connections to authors by listening to Audio Name Pronunciations like this one with Vashti Harrison, illustrator of Sulwe.
Include Becomes Inclusion
Strengthen your community's commitment to inclusivity and diversity by creating diverse custom reading lists to reflect and honor students while supporting the curriculum.
- Feature author Malala Yousafzai from this Middle Eastern Biographies list and spark discussion about the importance of education for every child.
- Reflect on Duncan Tonatiuh's Meet-the-Author Recording as he reveals the inspiration for his book, Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation — included in this Latinx Collection.
Collaborate Becomes Collaboration
Utilize sharing tools to instantly create labels, shelf talkers and bookmarks to equip your learning community with immediate access to targeted, relevant resources
- Provide teachers and colleagues with primary source and professionally vetted resources to reflect and engage in important conversations with our Diverse Books Toolkit.
- Excite your readers with the Book Series Collection to find titles — in order — from a series they are reading or to discover a new series that interest them.
- Connect with families and share our Complete Book & Poems Collection to listen to at school or home.
Curate Becomes Curation
Create custom reading lists of instructional materials targeted to the books used within the curriculum and read by each person.
- Analyze your booklists for representation of culture, quantitative, and qualitative measures to meet the needs of each reader. See this Nonfiction Book List Analysis as an example.
- Curate reading lists to empower independent reading. See this Dystopian Fiction List with vocabulary lists, author interviews, and book readings as an example.
Explore Becomes Exploration
Expand your knowledge and understanding of children's and young adult literature through authentic, primary-source insight from authors and illustrators. Reflect on the inspiration and creative process for their books.
Engage Becomes Engagement
Engage your reading community with titles that respond to diversity, build empathy and respect, allow us to learn from the past, and support student empowerment. Provide a central space where all are welcomed and celebrated.
- Bring books that reflect student diversity to life with the voices of authors and illustrators. Enjoy listening to and learning from Bao Phi, author of A Different Pond.
- Foster conversation and community through book clubs with resources like this Meet-the-Author Recording with Jasmine Warga, author of Other Words for Home.
1. Referenced from American Association of School Librarians. 2018. National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. Chicago: ALA. https://standards.aasl.org/