Little House, Big Problem: What To Do with “Classic” Books That Are Also Racist

Little House, Big Problem: What To Do with “Classic” Books That Are Also Racist

Students have been reading To Kill a Mockingbird, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the “Little House” series for generations, and having these “classics” available in school libraries is a given. Should that change?


Virtual Events Calendar | SLJ’s Eclectic Round-up of Weekly Book-ish Things

Kimberly Olson Fakih, May 28, 2020
From a June 1 Back-to-School initiative to virtual visits to San Francisco's Exploratorium to folk music, read-alouds, and Dav Pilkey doodle sessions, you’ll find familiar names and perhaps some new activities.


Meet-Cutes Come in All Colors: 13 Irresistible YA Romances

Desiree Thomas, May 11, 2020
Readers need diverse rom-coms where the love story comes first, where tenderness can blossom, and where happy endings are possible. These recent and upcoming books showcase the joy in the lives of teens of color, not just the pain.

Looking for Summer Reading Recommendations? Here Are Some of SLJ’s Favorite Lists.

Kiera Parrott, May 22, 2020
The SLJ team is hard at work curating some of our top summer reading picks for a variety of age groups by type, genre, and subject area. Those lists will roll out starting after Memorial Day. In the meantime, here are some of our favorite lists from other organizations and libraries.

Stay Woke from Home with these Books, Resources, and Articles | Read Woke

Cicely Lewis, May 05, 2020
Reading and watching on equity, voting activism, and other issues that will that will feed your spirit and enrich your online learning program.

SLJ Staff, Apr 23, 2020
More than 1,000 librarians responded to School Library Journal's survey, offering insight into the profession during remote learning forced by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Here is the full report on our findings.

SLJ Staff, Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to a schedule for school from home, how does it compare to the traditional schedule and curriculum? It's a mix, according to School Library Journal's survey of  K-12 librarians, fielded from April 2 to April 12.

SLJ staff, Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to getting materials returned to the library, most librarians don't appear all that concerned, found School Library Journal's survey. In fact, 48 percent haven't made a plan for that.


Kathy Ishizuka, Apr 23, 2020
For educators, a lot has changed amid a global pandemic—and at the same time, much hasn’t. 

Kara Yorio, Jan 28, 2020
Lee & Low Books' Diversity Baseline Survey 2.0 shows the publishing industry has not become measurably more inclusive since 2015.

SLJ Staff, Feb 28, 2020
The discussions in the spring set of free, one-hour professional development programs will tackle serving striving readers, information inequity, and news literacy.


SLJ Staff, Jan 31, 2019
On the Diverse Books Survey page, users can access related content, newly updated, as well as our Diverse Books Survey report.

Kara Yorio, Oct 24, 2018
While in the minority, the SLJ Diverse Books Survey reveals some librarians are declining to purchase books with diverse characters to avoid a challenge.

Susannah Goldstein, May 01, 2020
Spring research season is here. Adjust your practice to ensure students have a rich and meaningful immersion while working on year-end projects.

Kara Yorio, Apr 30, 2020
As the world confronts this global health crisis, educators are also charged with helping students through the grief and trauma. SLJ spoke with mental health experts for advice and resources to meet the psychological and emotional needs of kids and adults.

Laura Gardner, Mar 26, 2020
School librarian Laura Gardner offers best practices to stay connected with students and keep the fun factor high. 

Janet Damon, May 04, 2020
With students learning from home, Denver Public Schools' ebook and audio checkouts topped 51,000 in April. Here's how librarians are making that happen. 

Bekah McNeel, Apr 02, 2020
April is National Financial Literacy Month. Libraries are doing their part to educate young people about concepts from budgeting to interest to help them be more economically resilient. 

SLJ Staff, Apr 15, 2020
Find the latest copyright guidelines and online sharing information from children's book publishers. 

Children lead the conversations in many of these informative, family-friendly episodes about the novel coronavirus. The first of a 10-part series of curated podcast playlists on different topics.

Melanie Kletter, Apr 29, 2020
A panel of experts shared the best digital resources for better remote learning on SLJ's recent webcast Digital Resources for K-12: Learning in the Age of COVID.

Brigid Alverson, Apr 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered schools. With libraries, bookstores, and comic shops mostly off-limits as well, readers are going online, and publishers and creators have responded with free comics and related resources. Here’s a look at those offerings.

Paula Willey, Apr 23, 2020
The graphic format can effectively tell complex stories and engage young readers. Encompassing first-person accounts of historical events and guides that address gender and identity, these titles meet the highest standards for nonfiction and are "inclusive, respectful, accurate, and informative."

Brigid Alverson, Apr 22, 2020
2020 is turning out to be a bumper year for cat stories of all kinds. Here’s a look at some of this year’s cat tales.

Brigid Alverson, Mar 09, 2020
Malaka Gharib of the NPR blog Goats and Soda has created a comic that explains COVID-19 in simple terms for children. The comic can be printed and folded into a zine, and it has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Russian, and other languages and made into a video. That second link has some examples of […]
Mahnaz Dar, Apr 22, 2020
The celebrated graphic novelist had to learn to love sports to tell a larger story of basketball dreams in Dragon Hoops.

Mahnaz Dar, Apr 06, 2020
Looking for ways to keep your comics-loving kids and teens occupied? These free webcomics promise to eat up hours of time.

Kathy Ishizuka, Apr 23, 2020
For educators, a lot has changed amid a global pandemic—and at the same time, much hasn’t. 

Kimberly Olson Fakih, May 19, 2020
Our monthly Q&A with writers whose first YA books are out now, debuting in the time of coronavirus.

Matthew Cordell, May 08, 2020
Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Matthew Cordell discusses his picture book biography Hello, Neighbor! and why Mister Rogers's brand of unconditional kindness is much needed during these uncertain times.
Robin Willis, May 20, 2020
Writing teen fiction as a teen is different than as an adult. Even at twenty, barely an adult, I can see the difference in my writing from when I was fourteen, and not just skill wise. There’s quite a few scenes in Jack of All Trades that make me cringe now, that make me think […]
Esther Keller, May 01, 2020
Can you listen to a comic? The GC4K bloggers discuss what they think about audiobooks in general and comics adaptations in particular.
Travis Jonker, May 18, 2020
The most astonishingly unconventional children's books of the year.
Jason Low, May 07, 2020
Employees with disabilities and chronic illnesses have long fought for basic accommodations now granted to millions of workers from home. Here's what else is needed.

Mahnaz Dar, Apr 22, 2020
The celebrated graphic novelist had to learn to love sports to tell a larger story of basketball dreams in Dragon Hoops.

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