As discussions about personalized learning and equity become more prevalent in education, librarians are reminded to consider the inclusivity of their collections. As you consider adding diverse selections, BadgerLink is a fabulous tool for selecting new titles.
NoveList and NoveList K-8
Using the Advanced Search feature in NoveList or NoveList K-8 you can search by subject, genre, or appeal factor. Here are some search examples of things you can find.
Is one of your library users looking for a book about friendship that have characters with a variety of abilities?
What if your patron comes in asking for a book featuring someone with Down syndrome?
Maybe your book club is looking for a great book to discuss at your next meeting. A search for culturally diverse and character driven will give your book club plenty to talk about!
Looking for books with African American characters for your story time? Try this search.
Try mixing and matching these search terms:
AP Appeal Factors
For future reference, BadgerLink has added some training guides to help you find fiction books with diverse characters! Find these materials and more on the BadgerLink Training page: https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/training.
Finding Book Reviews
Once you find book titles, you may want to read a book review to determine if the book is appropriate for your collection.
BadgerLink has put together a video tutorial to walk you through how to search for book reviews!
Here are a couple other recommended online resources to explore.
Cooperative Children’s Book Center
We Need Diverse Books
Social Justice Books
Kara Ripley and Monica Treptow, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning