#LargeFears: Diversity and Children's Book Awards


  1. #LargeFears Twitter chats are held every second Tuesday of the month. They're named large fears for a couple of reasons. First, to pay tribute to the picture book Large Fears that was written by Myles Johnson and Kendrick Daye. This beautiful picture book addresses a huge need for books for, by and about queer black boys. This picture book also led to a most unfortunate confrontation with an entitled white author who saw no need for the book, or any like it. This entanglement demonstrated the need for conversation and, Twitter is the perfect place to have that conversation.
  2. Second, we have large fears about diversity. Some of is fear that if children's books become more diverse, our little world will never be the some while others of use fear that diversity will be too long coming.
  3. This particular chat, hosted by the dynamic, insightful and energetic librarian, Angie Manfredi was about diversity and children's book awards. As you'll see, Angie construct a series of very provocative questions that led to a dynamic and engaged exchange.
  4. As I curated this chat, I found thoughtful and important comments about the current state of children's book award. Insights that deserve further consideration particularly because we can no longer deny the presence of Native Americans and people of color, of those with disabilities or members of teh LGBTQIA community in kid lid. These marginalized voices demand equity as we consider what merits outstanding literature for children. These voices require that we no longer colonize "good literature' behind terms such as 'classic' or 'literary merit'.
  5. These are some of the people who joined us