What gifts does Awe Bring?


Citation: Huyck, David and Sarah Park Dahlen. (2019 June 19). Diversity in Children’s Books 2018. sarahpark.com blog. Created in consultation with Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K. T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner, with statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp. Retrieved from https://readingspark.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/picture-this-diversity-in-childrens-books-2018-infographic/

Awe is one of the greatest gifts I know.  Awe can be a wonderful thing. It can be the spark that helps us see the beauty of the world, the magnificence of an acorn or the wonder of a single snowflake.  It’s the thing that helps us revel in all that is known and unknown.  

It can also be an “aha!” recognition of the sadness of the unfathomable – like how is it 2019 and we still are working on [insert something we think should be already accomplished].  How is it that we still don’t have a wealth of accurate and fair representation of underrepresented communities? Here are three sources to help us turn this unfair tide:

The link for the picture cited has a plethora of great articles from the past 5 years and two decades pointing to the whys and hows. 

Center for Racial Justice: This organization “envisions a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces” and they do the work to help us work towards that too!  It has a really great resources page for “A Racial Justice Guide to Winter Holiday Season for Educators and Families” The Mental health and the holidays section is pretty great. https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/racial-justice-guide-holidayseason/     

*** there are articles in here for everyone
inSpirit Bookstore!  Is the UUA’s Bookstore.  They have great gift options for all your gift shopping this season.  I’m highlighting their Holiday Guide https://www.uuabookstore.org/Holiday-Guide-C1409.aspx   but they also have just great options thoughtfully curated to help increase not just more diverse books but more accurate  repesentations of our world.

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