At Rourke, it is our goal to provide books that are educational and inclusive. We want our readers to see themselves reflected in our illustrations and photos; to recognize the contributions of people both like and unlike themselves; and to embrace a worldview that celebrates rather than disparages otherness.
“A strong foundation in science, math, and language arts is essential for students, but equally essential is an appreciation for diversity that demands respect and eschews prejudice,” Rourke editor-in-chief Keli Sipperley said. “As children’s book publishers, we recognize our vital role in increasing the representation of people of color, religious minorities, people with disabilities, and others in the children’s book market, and we are making great strides.”
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Looking for some activities and lessons that celebrate diversity? Check out these sites for a variety of free diversity and social justice materials.
Teaching Tolerance has free resources for K-12 educators, including lesson plans, perspective texts, and film kits.
Diversity Council offers a roundup of ideas from around the web, broken down into lists for general, elementary, middle school, and high school.
Readwritethink.org also has several resources for various grade levels, including It’s Okay To Be Different, Moving Toward Acceptance Through Picture Books and Two-Voice Texts, and Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action.