Diversity in Picture Books

Hi everyone! This is Miss Jeanna. As a children’s librarian and mother of two little ones, I see a lot of picture books and stories created to transform the lives of small children. Stories that explore concepts or creativity. Stories that delve into fairy tale and folk lore. I see illuminating stories of fantasy and serious slice of life tales.  

With such a rich variety of stories to choose from, why then is there less variety when it comes to children’s book characters? I look at the children who visit the library, and the children who attend my programs, and even my own children, and I think of the value of seeing themselves in these stories. Representation matters. 

Thankfully there are many authors who introduce diverse characters into their magical worlds. Below are some of the best picture books featuring diverse characters. Stop by the Lindenhurst Memorial Library to pick up some of these books or ask a librarian about other diverse titles to enjoy.

Parenting Resources at the Library

Even the best parents in the world need a little help sometimes. Did you know that your local library can help you out with everything from adventurous activities to homework assistance? Below are a few resources you can find at Lindenhurst Memorial Library to help keep everyone entertained and educated. 

  1. Books, movies, DVDs, and more: While you likely already know what type of material the library has to offer, you may not realize the extent of it. We have books for babies, early readers, and chapter books. We have graphic novels and audio books. We also offer a huge collection of DVDs, video games, as well as devices like Hotspots, Starlings, and Launchpads. Additionally, we have a large Parenting Collection of current Parenting books. 
  1. Adventures Await: Looking to get out of the house? Why not explore Long Island by reserving a Museum Pass from us? Follow this link to learn more: Museum Pass Program 
  1. Homework Help: When homework piles up it can be tough on everyone. Let the library help you! We have FREE and LIVE tutors ready to help your child learn. Users can get free tutoring for math, science, reading/writing, social studies, and PSAT/SATs/ACT/AP and standardized tests. You can also submit homework questions, request essay feedback, and much more! Interested? Check it out here: Brainfuse eLearning