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Adisa Vaughn • Dads Read: Black History Month

Adisa Vaughn • Dads Read: Black History Month

To help families understand the importance of this Community Program and help make their Dads Read a successful one, we've established the following Community Guidelines. If you know of any dads or are personally interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read, please fill out the form below.

Joaquín Moreno • Dads Read: LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Joaquín Moreno • Dads Read: LGBTQ+ Pride Month

While the number of diverse books has increased substantially, the number of books written by people of color has not kept pace. In fact, in 2016, Black, Latinx, and Native authors combined wrote just 6% of new children’s books published. In other words, while the number of books with diverse content increases, the majority of those books are still written by white authors.
— The Diversity Gap in Children’s Book Publishing, 2017
The key to closing the diversity gap needs to include not just who is in the books being published, but who is writing those books. Because as long as books are being written predominantly by white people, the diversity issue isn’t being solved on a deeper level. Instead, white people are profiting off of stories that don’t belong to them, and taking money and platforms from authors of color.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased
One of the most important findings is how societal anti-Blackness is reflected in who is being paid to write children’s stories. Only 25.5% of books about African-Americans were actually written or illustrated by African-Americans (the numbers were 40% for Native people, 61% for Latinxs, and 89% for Asian Pacifics). This resistance to letting Black people tell their stories is not new; mainstream white culture routinely steals language, style, music, and intellectual property from Black culture and claims it for their own. It’s one of the most insidious aspects of white supremacy.”
— The Diversity Gap in Children’s Book Publishing, 2017
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I self-identify as a person of color. *
The age-group attending is mostly a 0-5 crowd, so try to choose books with 1-3 sentences per page. In our experience, anything longer and the crowd starts to lose interest and drift. *
Engaging the audience in a meaningful way is an essential skill. If this is your first Dads Read we suggest starting off by encouraging the adults present to participate. Asking them a couple questions throughout your read relevant to your chosen books is a good place to start. For example, during his Dads Read for Womxn's History Month, Fata Avegalio began by asking the audience to name a special womxn and/or girl in their life. *
Make sure you sit close to the audience and you're speaking loudly enough, so the folx in the back can hear you. Most dads choose a chair. However, if the audience is particularly small, consider sitting on the floor to foster affinity. *
Hardcover books are a Dads Read go-to as they are easier to hold up and keep open as you read, so where possible, we encourage you to select that format. *
Your book selection must not contain ableist, anti-Black, adultist, sexist, classist, sizeist, colorist/shadeist, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-unhoused, oppressive, etc. language. Be mindful of overlapping and intersecting social identities, and related systems of oppression. Also, remember that FoCMC does not participate in anything where the police are present, so your selections need to be in alignment. *
Your book selection must contain protagonists of color. When making your selections, be mindful that representation for girls/womxn/femmes/gender non-conforming individuals with darker skin and kinkier hair is severely lacking and when possible, FoCMC would like to center those narratives at Dads Read. Additionally, books where the protagonists are ethnically-ambiguous looking (and/or white-passing) and race is not explicitly discussed and/or mentioned, choosing another book is required. *
Dads must belong to the community they are reading about and/or have a direct relationship. It is important to us that we not speak for and about communities that we don't belong to; instead we desire to amplify those voices that do. Past Dads Reads include: Black History Month, Womxn's History Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, National Bike Month, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, PoC Mental Health Month, National Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding/Nursing Month, and La Historia del Día de los Muertos. *
Dads must be members of FoCMC and Dads of Monterey County, and committed to supporting our goals and mission: "Families of Color Monterey County (FoCMC) is a grassroots community education and empowerment initiative centering the needs of families of color and focused on developing equitable access to resources through advocacy, education, and community building." *
Please submit your book selection to FoCMC two weeks prior to your scheduled Dads Read, so we can confirm that it has met the above guidelines and ensure that your Dads Read will be a successful one. *
Please submit pictures of yourself (and your children, if applicable) and a short bio relevant to the theme of your Dads Read (most dads mention where they work, a bit about their families, etc.) to FoCMC to be used to advertise your Dads Read. *
Have fun! Pick books you love! Remember, Dads Read is not a performance; it’s an interactive experience between you and the families in front of you. Families appreciate knowing that Dads Read materials and techniques are supported by research and boost early literacy skills. But more importantly, Dads Reads are about building like-minded community. We get to answer families' questions about the books we feature and introducing them to the richness of our county's library collection. *

 

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