Growing up, I was surrounded by streets named after long gone tribes. When I moved to Wisconsin for college, there were active tribes. Native people were no longer in the past tense or an abstract concept. They were and still are real people.
One reason I was drawn to librarianship was because you encourage people to be curious about the world and seek out information to learn about stuff, places, people like you but also different from you. In the last few years, I have been actively seeking out resources on diversity to better understand my privilege and to better serve and understand all types of children and their families.
Resources I seek out and probably discovered through the YSS blog. Please add ones in the comments.
- Collection Development: Children's and Young Adult Books about Native Americans - ALSC webinar that is free for member and $25 for non-members
- American Indians in Children's Literature - a blog run by Debbie Reese who is tribally enrolled at Nambe Owingeh and is also the instructor for the above webinar.
- Reading While White blog
- We Need Diverse Books blog