A quality school library program must reflect the linguistic and cultural pluralism of our country. Empowering Learners asserts that librarians will offer diverse collection materials and services to accommodate the needs of all children. Yet, according to the CCBC, in 2015, out of 3400 books received from US publishers, only 8 books were written by Native Americans and a mere 28 were written about Native Americans. Therefore, the presenter suggests the use of Native American literature for youth as a useful support for teachers of social studies, language arts, art, and music as well as for developing and promoting diverse collections. In this session, the presenters will interactively explore Native American texts and correlated activities which can be used to collaborate with teachers to bolster the curriculum. This presentation will focus on the American Indian Youth Literature Awards. The use of Native American titles, the delivery of associated crafts and activities as well as the use of online resources serve as indispensable tools to assist the librarian in enriching the literary experiences of Native American learners, honoring the Native American experience In the curriculum and celebrating the Native American heritage with all children. In this session, the presenter will share in-depth knowledge of selected titles with correlating crafts and activities. Attendees will leave the session with practical, concrete instructional ideas, ready for immediate use.
ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.