This guide supports the continuing education workshops, "Building Inclusive Collections" with MLS Consultant, Christi Showman Farrar, and award-winning author Mitali Perkins, as well as all youth services collection maintenance efforts. Check back regularly for new resources, as new articles and discussions are emerging on this topic. To share book lists or articles, please email Christi.
To download a copy of Christi's slides from the "How to Create a More Diverse Library Collection", click here.
Mitali Perkins (mitaliperkins.com) has written ten novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for the National Book Award, Walter Award honor book), Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years), Bamboo People (an American Library Association's Top Ten Novels for Young Adults), and Tiger Boy (winner of the Charlotte Huck Honor Award and the South Asia Book Award.) She has been honored as a "Most Engaging Author" by independent booksellers across the country and selected as a "Literary Light for Children" by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India before immigrating to the United States. She has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.