Explore and Celebrate Diversity!

In 2017, PLU became a local host site for Children’s Book Week, the country’s longest running national literacy initiative. We have been accepted to be a host site for the 100th anniversary. This will be our 3rd annual event.

At PLU we have focused Children’s Book Week on diversity responsive youth literature as less than 10% of books published annually are by and about people of color and few high-quality books are published that accurately reflect characters with disabilities, various religious beliefs and/or who are.

To highlight the need for increased diversity and engage the PLU community with high-quality diversity responsive books, the current event includes:

  • Research review presentations by FYEP 190 students on diversity and youth literature
  • Presentations by education majors that feature authors and illustrators representing diverse perspectives (e.g. authors of color and international authors)
  • Read alouds of diversity responsive books to Trinity Lutheran preschoolers and PLU community members by education majors
  • Book browsing for the PLU community of diversity responsive literature

Image shows a drawing from Yuyi Morales.