Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children's Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity

Tuesday, 2/26/2019
  • 1:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM (Pacific)

We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people. 

Learning Outcomes

By attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn to develop and ask culturally relevant and age-appropriate discussion questions about diverse literature.
  • Learn how to help young readers use literature for social justice.
  • Learn how to move from being an ally to being an accomplice for diversity.
  • Gain ideas for using diverse literature as a springboard for hands-on activities that deepen learning.

Who Should Attend

The primary audience will be children’s librarians and library staff in public libraries who are serving youth ages 0-6. We believe that anyone interested in working with young children, will find this webinar series beneficial. Practitioners will be able to learn new information and build upon what they already know. In addition, youth services managers, branch managers, and library directors who supervise librarians working with ages 0-5 will find this webinar valuable.


Instructor: Dr. Michelle H. Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services, Information School, University of Washington
Co-instructor: J. Elizabeth Mills, PhD Candidate and Beverly Cleary Research Assistant



ALSC is offering this live webinar free of charge.

How to Register

Click here to register for this webinar.

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Kristen Figliulo
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026