Naperville Reads Diverse Books

Naperville READS celebrated diversity this year with the theme “Uniting Through Stories, What’s Yours?”

The city-wide reading initiative selected thirteen authors and illustrators of children’s picture books that explore the concept of diversity.

“We are much more of a diverse place, which really makes it so much more of an enriching place for our children and for everyone,” said Becky Anderson, owner of Anderson’s Bookshop. “So we decided to do diverse picture books, so that means the content of the book or the author themselves is of a diverse background.”

The authors were in town for three days as they presented to students in both districts 203 and 204 schools.

They also held two panels – one for the public on diversity in literature, and one for educators on how to incorporate diverse books in the classroom.

“And presenting those books, not just for special occasions or certain heritage months, but to make sure that those books are face out year round and they get the chance to be seen and to be checked out,” said Miranda Paul, the mentorship chair for We Need Diverse Books.

After the panel, guests had the opportunity to meet with the authors and artists.

2016 marks the 15th year that Naperville READS has been bringing authors to town.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.

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