A Quick Note on Book Selection

Book selection is very important to representing cultures responsibly and accurately. There are many resources librarians, educators, and parents can use to ensure that the books they are selecting for their children accurately represent the culture being portrayed and does not contain stereotypes or inaccurate information. As we’ve learned living in an age when information is easily accessible and not always correct, sometimes published material is not properly reviewed before publication and contains elements that are offensive or sacred to a group and are not meant to be shared with the general public. Make sure not to discriminate when reading reviews written by lay people who are not members of that particular community. There are many reputable resources you can use to check out reviews by members of the community represented and other experts.

Please see the API and AINA bibliographies for more information regarding selecting culturally responsible books.

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