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Shades of Love: Multicultural Children's Books & Literature
Shades of Love is an offshoot of the Black, Biracial & Multiracial: Culture & Diversity Group. Our aim is to provide listings and encourage dialogue for families, educators, and all others who are interested in more representative and diverse literature and reference resources for children, from babies and toddlers to pre-teens and young...
Shades of Love is an offshoot of the Black, Biracial & Multiracial: Culture & Diversity Group. Our aim is to provide listings and encourage dialogue for families, educators, and all others who are interested in more representative and diverse literature and reference resources for children, from babies and toddlers to pre-teens and young adults.
Finding good books that are diverse and multicultural is a challenge. And YA? Good luck. That is why Shades of Love is here.
Please don't assume members are already aware of great titles including reference resources. If you have found a book you enjoy, or have found a text useful and relevant, share it with the group in discussion and on our shelves. If you've seen something and are unsure, let us know. Hopefully someone among us will purchase the text and report back or another may have access through a library and will report to the group.
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
~ Maya Angelou
| Started April 2007
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_Converting Kate_ by Beckie WEinheimer
_Converting Kate_ by Beckie Weinheimer
I just completed this novel. You know those times when you want that hopeful ending and a little sugar isn't so bad? Well, that's _Converting Kate_. If you've ever questioned your faith or actually left your family's religion, then you'd probably appreciate this story. Yep, it's YA and as an adult who reads a lot of contemporary YA let me tell you this is no Disney show converted to print. Kate and her mom belong to a pretty strict faith that preaches they are the one true church. After the death of her father (a non-believer), Kate's doubts turn to anger and rejection. It's not a matter of God letting her dad die rather its her questions that have been building as she matures. When her father dies, her resentment boils over. When Kate and her mom move to her dad's birthplace, Kate meets new friends, new school and exposed to ideas and experiences she had been cut off from previously. The story has a good range of characters including Pastor Browning who is turns out to be agnostic and gay and open-minded. He helps Kate navigate through her doubts and anger. Beckie Weinheimer writes from personal experience that lends an authenticity that strikes a chord with all of us who remember our own crisis of faith.
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