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Thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, it has been on my heart to do better when it comes to educating my students about different cultures and races. This is particularly important here in West Virginia where the majority of the population is overwhelmingly white. According to the US Census taken in 2019, 93.5% of the population is white. Only 3.6% of our states population is Black. For this reason, it is so important to give my students a window into other peoples' lives as well as a mirror into their own. "When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are apart."-Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop According to the Cooperative Children's Book Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison, we know that 27% of children's books have characters who are animals, 50% that depict white characters and only 10% representing Black characters. That means that animals are used as characters in picture books far more than black characters. What does this say to our POC (People of Color)? During this movement, thanks to conferences and research, it has become apparent to me that very few of the books in my classroom had characters from diverse backgrounds. Now that I know better, I HAVE to do better for all of my students. Please help me by creating a classroom library that better reflects all races.

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Thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, it has been on my heart to do better when it comes to educating my students about different cultures and races. This is particularly important here in West Virginia where the majority of the population is overwhelmingly white. According to the US Census taken in 2019, 93.5% of the population is white. Only 3.6% of our states population is Black. For this reason, it is so important to give my students a window into other peoples' lives as well as a mirror into their own. "When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are apart."-Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop According to the Cooperative Children's Book Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison, we know that 27% of children's books have characters who are animals, 50% that depict white characters and only 10% representing Black characters. That means that animals are used as characters in picture books far more than black characters. What does this say to our POC (People of Color)? During this movement, thanks to conferences and research, it has become apparent to me that very few of the books in my classroom had characters from diverse backgrounds. Now that I know better, I HAVE to do better for all of my students. Please help me by creating a classroom library that better reflects all races.

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