Follow Up Resources on the Power of Diverse Books + Building a Diverse Home Library
"Because you know parents will often say, 'I want my child to be anti-racist. I want my child to love everybody and to be open minded.' And then let’s do an audit of your home library because if all the books in your home library only reflect white children, or able-bodied children, or straight children, etc...Then that’s how you reproduce bias."
Dr. Zetta Elliott, interview with Raising Luminaries + Wee the People

"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 a part.” 

Hello SPARK Community!

We are honored to share follow up from the program with Dr. Zetta Elliott - "Hope & Healing: The Power of Protest Poetry."

We hope that Dr. Elliott's work inspires you (as it has inspired the SPARK team) to construct a diverse home library + commit to the lifelong work of building an inclusive community where all stories are valued and told.

In this work of antiracism and building an inclusive community, please know that we are here as a free resource on an ongoing basis!

Thank you for your partnership, participation and feedback!
The SPARK Team
Buy Dr. Elliott's Books - "A Place Inside of Me" + More!
Dr. Elliott's incredible books are for sale at online (and Black owned) bookstores:

Review for a Place Inside of Me:
"Elliott and Denmon highlight emotions too often suppressed. The words and pictures cut to the heart of a child’s experiences and feelings in a reassuring way. It’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to cry. Self-care includes finding ways to direct anger to bring about empowerment and positive change. You come from people who have survived and made lives filled with joy and love—and you can too." - The Pirate Tree
Resources Shared + Cited by Dr. Elliott
Below is a collection of the resources from Dr. Elliott to support building a diverse home library and antiracism work.
Dr. Zetta Elliott links:

Some articles and videos cited during the talk:


Dr. Elliott Recommends:

Facebook Pages:
Helpful Websites Websites:
About Racism in the Publishing Industry
In her talk, Dr. Elliott gave an informative overview of racism in the publishing industry. Here are resources to educate yourself about the historic lack of diversity in publishing and ways you can create a diverse home library:

Supporting Diverse Authors + Books
Resources For Educators
We know that there were a number of educators (and school librarians) who participated in this week's program. The following are some resources for people who work in schools:
4 Black-Centric Children's Books
to Read to Your Kids - Dr. Elliott with "Cityline"
"Mirrors, Windows & Sliding Glass Doors"
Mirrors and Windows with Grace Lin (TEDx Natick!)
"The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Adichie
How You Can Support SPARK!
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Graphic Re: Diversity in Children's Books (2018)
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