Voice and Vision: Essential Issues around Diversity and Inclusion for School Libraries

Jake Hope


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School libraries play a key role in reflecting the lives and backgrounds of the students and communities they serve. Relevant to both primary and secondary school library staff, this guide offers support on what diversity is and why it matters, providing an overview of types of diversity and their context in children’s literature. The publication considers how diversity issues impact on stocks and services, and provides support for reading development activity through a calendar of key dates and a selection of case studies. The book concludes by soliciting views and suggestions from a range of authors, illustrators, academics and bloggers.

2018. ISBN 9781911222118.

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Jake Hope
Jake Hope is a reading development and children's book consultant. He was named one of only ten top librarians of the future and has worked as the reading development manager for one of the largest library authorities in the United Kingdom. Jake is a regular reviewer and commentator on all aspects of children's literature and has Chaired numerous discussions and selection meetings. He has an active interest in diversity in children's books, has trained and lectured on topics from psychoanalytic approaches to children's literature to approaches and roles for visual literacy. Jake has judged most major children's book awards in the UK, and is a passionate advocate for reading. 

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