How to Choose Texts

How to choose Anti-Racist/Anti-bias texts that address social justice issues

There are a lot of books out there. When selecting a text it's important to be thinking about representation and bias. There are many anti-racist, anti-bias text tools you can choose from to help you with this work (see below). Eventually, these guiding questions become the lens in which you review texts and you won't need to use them as often. Until your mind is trained to see these things, they are important tools to use. Here are some questions I ask myself as I balance my curriculum:

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How to choose Indigenous Texts

The first thing I do when reviewing a text from an Indigenous perspective is read what American Indian Children's Literature says about it. We continue to cause significant harm to Indigenous people in many ways, including the ways we refer to them in our books. Dr. Reese emphasizes these points when reviewing texts:

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