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What is Diverse Representation

Supporting Students’ Intellectual Freedom in Schools: The Right to Read
Representation in various media (in this chapter, children’s books) in which both authorship and content reflect diverse identities, perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, language, cultural practices, and religious beliefs.
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Open Books, Open Minds: Fostering Student Advocacy for the Freedom to Read
Tanya M. Hudson (Clarke County School District, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-9655-8.ch012
In this chapter, the author will share practical lessons and activities that explicitly address issues of intellectual freedom, censorship, diverse representation in children's literature, and students' self-advocacy for their right to read with elementary school students during library media center instruction. The goal of these lessons and activities is that by the time students leave for middle school, they will have a firm grasp of their own first amendment rights as readers, an understanding of how those rights are protected and fostered by their school libraries, and a sense of empowerment to speak out when they see those rights being threatened or infringed upon.
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