"Considering All Children..."

A remarkable ALA program on diversity!

The ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

An ALA Smore report from Caitlin Jacobson, June 2018

Topics are selected by the ALSC President and presented during annual conference. The program is named in honor of children's librarian and first African-American to lead ALSC (1957-58). She was an early critic of diversity in children's literature, and was the first African-American to receive ALA's honorary lifetime membership.

This year's program was "Considering all children: a new ideal in evaluating and engaging around books for youth". The session featured a panel of well-known educators and authors, and was moderated by Edi Campbell.

This program was on Monday afternoon, following a dramatic vote of the ALSC Board to change the name of the Wilder Award to the Legacy Award, and this program reflected the desire of ALSC leadership to push toward inclusion.

The program included authors Margarita Engle and Jason Reynolds, and educators Debbie Reese and Ebony Thomas.


American Libraries Magazine article on program:

Considering All Children: a Resource Guide

Panelists for the program were asked to share articles and books on the topic. This is an excellent list of resources! Find it HERE.

Panelist Debbie Reese's page on the Wilder name change:

About me

I am a school librarian in Ketchikan, Alaska. This flyer was published as part of the Alaska Association of School Librarians travel grants program.