What is your role?
Thinking Differently About Diverse Books
Come meet authors Marina Budhos and Janet Wong along with children's book editor Stacey Barney, children’s book critic Shelley Diaz, and school librarian and children’s literature expert Roxanne Hsu Feldman. Join us for a deep dive into this important and timely topic. Our own SC&I Professor Marc Aronson will moderate the discussion.
Some questions to think about before Colloquium:
- What would diverse books they do for my audience/community/students?
- How do / how should we promote diverse books in our libraries?
- How do we evaluate diverse books?
- In what ways is #WeNeedDiverseBooks a social justice issue?
- What are we not yet talking about?
7:00 - 7:10: Joyce Valenza - Welcome to our on-site and online participants
7:10 - 7:20: Mark Aronson - Introduction / Framing the conversation
7:20 - 8:15: Panel - Stacey Barney, Shelley Diaz, Roxanne Feldman, Janet Wong
8:15 - 8:25: Q & A
8:25 - 8:30: Ross Todd - Chairman of the LIS Department - Closing remarks
We will be streaming this lecture live beginning at 7pm EDT
Professor Marc Aronson - Moderator
Marina Budhos - Novelist and Nonfiction Writer
Stacey Barney - Senior Editor at Penguin / Putnam
Shelly Diaz - Children's Book Critic and Editor
Roxanne Hsu Feldman - Children's and Middle School Librarian
Janet Wong - Children's Poet and Publisher
Janet Wong is a former lawyer who switched careers and became a children’s poet. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. Author of 30 children’s books on writing, dumpster diving, diversity, chess, and more, Wong is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences. She also is Program Chair of the ILA Literacy and Social Responsibility SIG and past chair of the Notable Books for a Global Society committee. Her company Pomelo Books has published 700+ poems by 150+ poets representing a wide spectrum of backgrounds and experiences.