15.2. Our #ownvoices: Local Authors and Educators on Diversity in Kids Lit

Saturday, June 3 | 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Children & Families
  • Outdoor (Free)

Janine MacBeth, Innosanto Nagara, Dulce Torres, Kamaria Lofton, and Sara Rizik Baer, moderated by Sanam Jorjani

While the movement for diverse books grows, characters of color remain absent from the catalog of children’s publishing. In response, the hashtag #ownvoices popped up across social media platforms bringing diverse storytellers to the top of news feeds and encouraging children and adults to write about their own experiences in their own voices. In this session, Oakland Literacy Coalition brings together local educators and writers who use their #ownvoices to explore the impact of diverse literature in affirming a child’s whole self. Join the conversation as they engage in a dynamic conversation about how the #ownvoice movement has created stories that reflect the diversity of childhood experience, and how educators draw on stories to make meaning in the classroom and beyond. (Open seating; no tickets needed!)

Berkeley Public Library - Community Meeting Room