Presented by Bethany Hoglund and Julie Mauermann 

Stories are a natural and accessible tool for children to learn about themselves, about others and how kindness, equity, diversity and love is something every person is capable of, and being responsible for. Children’s literature is a core tool for not only delight, but education and experience the voices of others. Children also learn through play and will, with their caregiver, enjoy play activities that promote the values of diversity, empathy, kindness and love.

Families will enjoy stories that not only delight, but display the richness and power of children’s literature in terms of diverse story, characters and setting. Parents will be introduced to contemporary children’s literature and stories and see how books are powerful tools for exploration and conversation. Additionally, children learn through play and there will be intentional play and creative experiences for families to experience together. Families will leave with suggested reading lists as well as handouts with information regarding the development of identity in young children.

About the Presenters:

Bethany Hoglund is Head of Youth Services at the Bellingham Public Library.

Julie Mauermann is a Children’s Specialist at the Bellingham Public Library, is a REACH trainer andmember of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force. 

Primary Audience: preschool – 1½ to 6 years of age

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