Today marks the 4th anniversary of the murder of Philando Castile. I can't say for sure what about his death specifically impacted me so much, but four years ago today, I felt myself slip into a deep depression that was nearly impossible to get out of. The feeling of despair, heartbreak, hopelessness, and fear I … Continue reading Black Man, the Superhero
Even though the rest of the world seems to be finally waking up to the injustices, oppression, and systemic racism that Black people have faced, and continue to face in this country, the idea of celebrating Black and Brown boys...who eventually become Black and Brown men, is something that many of us have been vested … Continue reading Book List: Black & Brown Boy Joy! Seeing our boys for all of the beautiful things they are!
This curated book list is targeted towards our littlest readers. These book picks are full of diverse, positive messages and images that depict a wide range of people, lifestyles, and experiences. Whether you are seeking to create a more diverse and inclusive collection for your little one, or looking to purchase a baby shower gift--- … Continue reading Book List: It’s Never Too Early to Introduce Diversity & Activism into Your Home Library
As a mother of three biracial boys, it has always been of the utmost importance to have a wide selection of books that not only represent themselves and the people they love and know in a positive light, but to also celebrate all of the beautiful and wonderful things about their Black identity. While it … Continue reading 20 Children’s Books Celebrating Blackness
The month of May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate than the stories and illustrations from beautiful picture books! While many of us are still social distancing and participating in distance learning, the website Epic! is a FREE RESOURCE for educators! If you haven't heard of Epic!, … Continue reading 30+ Asian American & Pacific Islander Picture Books to read online with Epic!
When I first connected with St.Clair Detrick-Jules I knew I wanted to do something special to honor her first book release, but also honor the special women in my life that I feel could contribute to the ever-evolving conversation surrounding Black hair. When it comes to Black hair, one would think our society had made … Continue reading Dear Khloe: Love Letters to My Little Sister
As teachers (or even parents) we know that children thrive with structure and routine. Establishing expectations allows for a sense of familiarity and comfort, no matter what the setting may be. Many non-teachers may be finding this out now as we hunker down with our families to practice social distancing for a few weeks...I don't … Continue reading Stay Connected During Covid-19 with Diverse Picture Book Read Alouds
Each month I collect resources to support K-12 educators around topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As Literally Cultured's mission states: (as teachers) we should actively seek to cultivate your understanding and knowledge of diverse perspectives and people through the vessel of written words...and with this publication we can become one step closer. https://videopress.com/v/tDrVWGdH?preloadContent=metadata UNITED … Continue reading UNITED Vol 1, Issue 6 – March 2020
As the K-12 Diversity Chair for a large central Ohio school district, I felt it was important for educators in the high school setting to have visual support when referencing Teaching Tolerance's Social Justice Standards. I initially intended for these posters to be used with student groups led by our diversity liaisons (we have one … Continue reading FREEBIE: Social Justice Standards Posters (9-12)
Out of all the experience and knowledge gained this last weekend at #ncte19, this might be the takeaway that is closest to my heart. First of all, I love Zetta Elliott (that’s a given)...but this book, and these words, are everything. As some of you already know, I have been writing poems for about a year … Continue reading Say Her Name