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A Conversation about Diversity in Children's Literature and Family Health

A sample of books featured in the Reach Out and Read Minnesota program: Full, Full, Full of Love, written by Trish Cooke and illustrated by Paul Howard, Banana for Two written by Ellen Mayer and illustrated by Ying-Hwa Hu, The Snowy Day written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, Lola Loves Stories written by Anna McQuin and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, Cradle Me by Debby Slier.

Join us August 18th 12pm - 1pm for our virtual conversation about race, representation, children's books, and children's health

We'll hear from pediatricians and children's literature experts about how representation in children's books can affect children's perceptions as well as their long-term health.  

We invite parents, healthcare providers, caregivers, educators, and anyone who is interested in supporting our state's young learners, to join us for the live conversation.  Register in advance to receive the link to join ahead of the event. The event is free and open to the public.  

  • We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University, as our lead presenter. Professor Dahlen has done extensive research on diversity in children's literature and library education with a focus on representations of transracially adopted Koreans in children's literature. Learn more about Professor Dahlen and her research on her website.

  • Dr. Gigi Chawla is Chief of General Pediatrics at Children's Minnesota as well as Medical Director for Reach Out and Read Minnesota. Throughout her career, Dr. Chawla has sought to better integrate behavioral health, developmental health and social services into children's primary care. She frequently appears in the media to provide health guidance to families.

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