This libguide has two focuses.
The main goal of this libguide is to provide a comprehensive resource that provides general and collection development information to new elementary school librarians in New York City. This includes information about curriculum planning, purchasing, cataloging, and processing books, as well as links to fun databases/resources, book review websites and book recommendations.
The second goal of this guide is to assist new school librarians in providing diverse literature to their students. For lots of readers, finding books with diverse characters and themes can be difficult, but it is so important to put the work in to expose youth to diversity. Rudine Sims Bishop brought up a great point in his 1990 article, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Doors” saying, “When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.” Children should be able to connect with characters and books and should be able to learn from them.
Johnson, P. (2014). Fundamentals of collection development and management.
Smith, D., Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2015). Better than carrots or sticks: Restorative practices for positive classroom management.
What White Children Need to Know About Race by Ali Michael and Eleonora Bartoli
This article titled It Matters If You’re Black or White: The Racism of YA Book Covers does not focus on elementary school books, but it is still a fascinating and important read about the lack of diverse representation on book covers