I teach at a school where majority of our students are of a conservative, Caucasian background and therefore, most of the teachers and authors of the texts they read are about or from white, conservative backgrounds. Therefore, our students who are in the minority, are not represented as they should be, especially in the materials they access within our classrooms, specifically our classroom libraries.
I find that all of my minority students are not represented enough in the literature they read and they deserve to see themselves within the literary world.
I notice that when I have a novel to recommend to my students with an African American, LGBTQIA+, Hispanic, etc. protagonist, that I am able to connect with and reach those students in a way that shows them I believe they should see themselves represented in books just like everyone else; also, that they are no less than anyone else around them. I want my students to see how much I love and care about them by the types of materials I make available in my classroom library, regardless of their background, ethnicity, orientation, etc.
These classroom books will add more engaging and diverse options for my students to read. I want all of my students to have at least one book option that contains a subject, a common protagonist, a genre, etc. that they love and connect with. I push my students to explore and grow as a reader by knowing what they like and don't like through tasting different types of books. However, that is only possible through options; kids naturally have a greater love for something when they have a choice.
Every student deserves to have a book they can relate to and love.
I have taken suggestions of books my students want to see more of/try to read; therefore, I chose these books with their interests, personalities, struggles, etc. in mind. The most effective way to have a love of reading is to read more with texts that interest and connect with you. Through this project, and with these options, they will have that opportunity and have a greater variety and potential to see themselves more represented in the novels provided.
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