Think Diversity this Reading Olympics!

Dear EVCS Fam,

Today marks the first day of the Reading Olympics fundraiser! Check your child’s backpack for the sponsor sheet and instructions, and start hitting up your neighbors, friends and relatives for pledges.

This year, please encourage your child to read books by a diverse array of authors, and books that feature characters and topics that reflect a diverse range of experiences and perspectives. The sponsor sheet asks for students to log in 10 books (grades PK-2) or 10 hours (Grades 3-5) between now and April 9. All students who participate in the Reading Olympics will get a prize, but students who log in more than half of their list with diverse books will get an extra special prize! On the sponsor sheet simply highlight the books that honor and reflect the experience of LGBTQIA, Native people, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities. If you’re looking for some ideas for award winning books that reflect our diversity, check out some of these lists:

• The American Indian Youth Literature Awards
• Americas Book Awards
• Arab American Book Award
• Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
• Carter G. Woodson Book Award
• Children’s Africana Book Awards
• Coretta Scott King Book Awards
• The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards
• Lambda Literary Award (LGBTQI literature)
• Middle East Book Awards
• NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature
• New Voices Award
• Pura Belpre Award
• The Scholastic Asian Book Award
• South Asia Book Award
• Schneider Family Book Award
• Stonewall Book Awards
• Sydney Taylor Book Award
• Tomas Rivera Book Award

Happy reading,