LIS spring lecture featuring Dr. Debbie Reese

Native Sovereignty, American Indians in Children’s Literature and #WeNeedDiverseBooks

We Need Diverse Books was created in 2014 to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature. That lack of diversity includes American Indians. For centuries, American Indians have been misrepresented in children’s literature by images that stereotype them, thereby obscuring the diversity that exists across the 566 federally recognized sovereign tribal nations.

Dr. Debbie Reese of American Indians in Children’s Literature will share information that can help attendees see problematic imagery in classic works like Little House on the Prairie. She will also talk about what teachers and librarians can look for in selecting and weeding books in their collections as they seek to support the goals of the We Need Diverse Books.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Debbie Reese to lead a discussion on March 4 at 4:30 pm in Hamilton Library room 3F. Reese will also offer the Hawaiʻi Association of School Librarians (HASL) Spring Conference keynote on March 7.
All are welcome! | Refreshments provided. | Co-sponsored by Hui Dui and ALA-SC.