What It’s Like to Work in Library Science? | AAPI Book Recommendations

We’re continuing our series of Celebrating AAPI / APA Month and exploring inspiring careers of Asian Americans and how they got there. This conversation explores the importance of diverse books, diverse stories, inside authors, and diverse illustrators.

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Meet Sarah Dahlen, Ph.D. She is an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science — and if you’re not familiar with what that means, get ready.🙂

Did you know there are MORE animals in children’s books than people of color combined? Yes. There are 27% animals or other. 1% American Indians/First Nations. 5% LatinX. 7% Asian Pacific Islander/Asian Pacific American. 10% African/African American. And 50% White.

In this video, we talk about Sarah’s first time seeing an Asian American in a children’s book and how they propelled her desire to become a librarian, how her scholarship is a form of activism and the why we need diverse children’s books, she also recommends a ton of great diverse books that are on her shelves, and reminds us of our legacy as Asian Americans to continue to take up space and fight for progress.

– What is a library science professor? // 00:50
– Sarah Dahlen’s path and first time seeing herself represented in children’s books // 03:14
– 2018 diversity in children’s books infographic // 15:22
– Diverse book recommendations // 21:13
– Hope for Asian American community and reminder that activism is our legacy // 31:18


Sarah Park Dahlen’s blog:

Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 Infographic: https://readingspark.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/picture-this-diversity-in-childrens-books-2018-infographic/

Books mentioned and recommended by Sarah Dahlen:
– From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
– Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh — YA Sci Fi and must-read if you enjoy kpop or kdrama
– The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen — graphic novel of a Vietnamese coming out story
– If I Ever Get Out of Herrer by Eric Gansworth — Indigenous story about friendship and family, wonderful as audiobook
– We Are Water protectors by Carole Lindstorm — children’s book inspired by many Indigenous-led movements across North America. This book won a Caldecott Medal which makes Carole Lindstorm the first nonwhite woman to win one
– Palimpsest: Documents From a Korean Adoption by Lisa Wool-rim Sjoblom — graphic novel about a Korean adoption
– Flamer — Filipino graphic novel written and illustrated by award-winning Mike Curato
– Fred Korematsu by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi – YA book about Japanese encampment
– They Called Us Enemy by George Takei — firsthand account of years in Japanese encampment
– All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat — this book won the John Newbery Medal which makes Christina the first to win two in a single year

Sarah’s recommendations to continue learning:

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