These types of books are easy to spot and replace with clean copies and updated information.
Picture books present anongoing challenge. Perusing a shelf of books for youngsters looking for images that are outdated takes a considerable amount of time.
Consider picture books about families. Many of the books which currently reside on the shelf are limited to one type of family. Enriching the library's offerings to include representation of a diverse configuration of families helps to make the picture book collection more inclusive.
Fortunately, there are some new books about families which address this concern. Here are two titles worth considering:
Albert Whitman and Company has updated All Kinds of Families by Noram Simon with illustrations by Sarah S Brannen to present a contemporary and realistic representation of many families. Warm reassuring images and text celebrate the importance of families, particularly in the lives of children and invite them to "talk about their own families and to discover the variety of people who fit under the big umbrella redefined as family."
Holiday House Books has a terrific book about contemporary families. Families by Shelly Rottner and Sheila M Kelly uses vibrant photographs to showcase of a variety of families, people who collectively care for and support one another on an ongoing basis.
These books can update a picture book collection and offer young readers an image of families that "look like my family".
All Kinds of Families