Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Tropes, Archetypes, and Stereotypes: Recognizing Problematic Language in Children’s Literature

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 -
10:15am to 11:15am

With an increased focus on diversity, book buyers are challenged with curating a selection of titles for young readers that is inclusive and welcoming for all. In this session, buyers and children’s booksellers who lead their stores toward an inclusive selection will share with attendees:

  • The definitions of a trope, archetype, and stereotype
  • How to recognize problematic language in children’s literature so that they may be informed when recommending and discussing a particular book
  • How tropes, archetypes, and stereotypes perpetuate falsehoods about segments of the population
  • Advice on how to navigate the varied terrain of classic children’s literature

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