At IslandWood, we believe in the power of children’s books to promote representation and equity, provide windows into other people’s experiences, and reflect our own lives in distinctive and authentic ways.
We are also lucky to have a passionate children’s book advocate and connoisseur on our team – Director of Campus Education Dr. Déana Scipio! In our graduate program, Déana helps graduate students understand how they can use children’s books with their own students as anti-bias and anti-racist educators. Below are just a few of Déana’s recommendations, as well as additional books we recommend to spark these crucial conversations, encourage thoughtful questions, and inspire action.
If you are interested in buying any of these, we urge you to consider ordering from a Black-owned bookstore.