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The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day 2

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays


Welcome back to our #diversity countdown to Christmas. Our second book is

Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood.

Azalea is not happy about being dropped off to look after Grandmother Clark. Even if she didn’t care that much about meeting the new sixth graders in her Texas hometown, those strangers seem much preferable to the ones in Paris Junction. Talk about troubled Willis DeLoach or gossipy Melinda Bowman. Who needs friends like these!
And then there’s Billy Wong, a Chinese-American boy who shows up to help in her grandmother’s garden. Billy’s great-aunt and uncle own the Lucky Foods grocery store, where days are long and some folks aren’t friendly. For Azalea, whose family and experiences seem different from most everybody she knows, friendship has never been easy. Maybe this time, it will be.
Inspired by the true accounts of Chinese immigrants who lived in the American South during the civil rights era, these side by side stories–one in Azalea’s prose, the other in Billy’s poetic narrative–create a poignant novel and reminds us that friends can come to us in the most unexpected ways.

I want you to read this book because, like me, I had limited knowledge of the Chinese population in the South during the 50s and 60s. We need more books with Chinese characters, btw!


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Eraser by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant will make you want to BUY! MORE! ERASERS!!

Eraser by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant
will make you want to BUY! MORE! ERASERS!!

If you’re in love with all things BTS then you’ll love this gem. Eraser, our heroine, is ALWAYS cleaning up everyone else’s messes and she never gets credit for her valuable work. Woe is the day when the markers, crayons, glue, and everyone else realizes that when Eraser is gone, nothing is right! If I were a revenge seeking kind of person, then this turn of events would be so satisfying to say “I Told You So”. But still, Eraser gets her day to SHINE. How? Like I’m gonna spoil that for you, are you kidding?

If you love adorbs kids books, you’ll also want to check out You Are (Not) Small by Kang and her husband. It’s also thoroughly delightful as it teaches the littles about big and small and relative size. Hey does this Eraser look a little like what little PammyPam might look like? hmmmmm maybe. If you wanna see something suuuuuuuper adorbs go to Anna Kang’s website and find the pic of her smooshy little face as a toddler in a traditional hanbok. Oh the squishy cheeks!

All of Kang’s books are super cute and fun for littles to read on their own. They tackle easy to understand “problems” that kiddos can understand. I mean, if you’ve read I am (Not) Scared, you’ll understand.

Grab this book now and donate it to your little’s classroom and snag a copy for yourself so you can have it at home too. It’s that good. Eraser’s unite!

P.S. this qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge.


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Where to Look for Diversity Books: Lists and Lists

Where to Look for Diversity Books: Lists and Lists

Are you looking for your next book containing diversity?Do you like book lists? I’ve scoured the internet and found lists that might help you. It’s a list of lists! So meta!!

Want books containing Asian American characters? Try: 30 Asian & Asian American Children’s Books for ages 0 to 18

Want to delve into sharing the life of refugees? Start here:  12 CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT REFUGEES (PICTURE BOOKS)

Looking for books about poverty or homelessness? Try Picture Books that Illuminate Hunger, Poverty, & Homelessness in America

Families wanting to understand the Autism Spectrum might try these books: 10 Great Books for Families of Kids with Autism

That’s it for now. I hope you’ll find a book or two that interests you. Any of these books could also apply to the Diversity Reading Challenge too. Happy reading!

Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

Code Switching and The Hate U Give: A Discussion

Do you know what code switching is? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas provides a realistic depiction of it in the African American community.  I was intrigued by it and thought I’d have a go at sharing my thoughts out about them both.

As a person of color have you engaged in code switching? Tell me how in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.


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Diversity Reading Challenge 2016. How’d You Do?

Diversity Reading Challenge 2016: Recap

Here’s the list from 2016.

Wanna see how I did?

A book written by or about a person of Hispanic origin. I read When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.
A book in which a character suffers from mental illness. Ooops missed this one.
A book written by or about someone with Spectrum Disorder. I read: Rain Reign by Ann M Martin.
A book with an African-American young woman as a main character. I read The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis.
A book containing an Asian main character. I read What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor?: Life in China’s Forbidden City by Chiu Kwong-chiu.
A book with an illustrator of color (think Kadir Nelson). I read: Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The illustrator is Shane W. Evans.The author is Jonah Winter.
A book with an LGBT main character. I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
A graphic novel. I read Persepolis. Also doubles as Muslim girl on cover.
A book with a Muslim girl on the cover. I read Persepolis. It also doubles as a graphic novel.
A book written by or for African American young men. (think Walter Dean Myers) I read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
A book in which the author or main character has a physical disability. I read The Six by Mark Alpert.
The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel.  I read Night by Elie Wiesel.
So, while I read a lot of books in 2016, I did not accomplish reading a book about someone with a mental illness. I thought I’d had. I’m sure I can do better in 2017.
How did you do?
2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown? by Maria Leonard Olsen

If you’re white, you probably don’t get asked too many questions about your heritage. To be sure, you probably identify as Irish, Italian, Polish, or whatever. But have you ever gotten asked why your skin is pink or white or whatever color it is? Probably not. Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown? Is a question one mother was asked by her children. Kids are naturally curious and there probably isn’t any judgement in the question, they just want to know why your skin looks one way while their skin looks another. 17915819 The author answers the child’s questions with a candor that a child can understand: we are different colors because you are a mix of both Mommy’s color and Daddy’s color. People are all different shades of colors. The author and I share a similar problem:  I’ve been the recipient of these kinds of questions all my life and so have my children.  The mother in the story handles it beautifully. I do not think I’ve always handled these difficult questions as tactfully or as gently as this mother does.  There is a lesson in this book for everyone.  This title would make a great addition to any family’s (or school’s) library. My takeaway? Stop asking questions. Just let people BE the color they are! This book qualifies for the Diversity Challenge. Why are YOU the color you are?

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I am in LOVE with Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, a Lee & Low book

Little Juna lives in a multicultural diverse world. She eats kimchi, she plays with little Hector and speaks a little Spanish to Hector’s abuelita. But when she gets a jar, oh the magical fun she has with it!

Juna's Jar by Jane Bahk

This 33 page GEM is delightful. You’d never believe how much fun you can have with such an ordinary object. This book is sure to become your favorite too.

Now to find a kimchi jar!

2015 Diversity Reading Challenge

An Unconventional Librarian’s 2015 #DiversityReadingChallenge


I’ve been wanting to start my own reading challenge and I’ve finally done it! Let’s ring in 2015 with a reading challenge that celebrates the multicultural reader and challenges the status quo.

Presenting the Diversity Reading Challenge!fd



This challenge pairs well with almost any other challenge you’re participating in; there are multicultural books in every genre. If you’re new to reading diverse books, you’ll be hooked. If you’re an avid consumer of multicultural reads, then this challenge will suit you just fine.  There are no complicated rules to this challenge; participate how you want, when you want.

Wanna chat about books? Tweet me @pamlovesbooks with #DiversityReadingChallenge, leave a comment here, or leave a link to your #DiversityReadingChallenge page! Let’s keep this conversation going…