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SAVE THE DATE!

 

Bea Great Consulting, LLC and ThisWomansWords present:

THEY LOOK LIKE US!

A community book fair featuring authors of color.

Saturday, March 1, 2025 

10:00AM until 2:00PM

Mayco Bigelow Community Center - North Park

849 Sharpe Road

Burlington, NC 27217

Local youth will have the opportunity to see, interact with, and support authors of color, illustrators of color, local performers, and local artists.

 

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Book donations collected during this event will be provided to the Burlington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated for their National Libary Project, which benefits elementary school students in Alamance County and Caswell County, North Carolina.

About the National Library Project:

In 1937 the National Library Project was established by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated as the first national program. The project initially involved putting together book baskets that were taken to various schools in the Jim Crow South. The first school to receive a book basket was in Franklin County, North Carolina. Over the years the National Library Project has taken on many different forms to meet the needs of various communities. This has included continuing efforts with book baskets, contributing to community libraries, and  purchasing a bookmobile that provided books to African-American communities in Carroll County, Georgia. 

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Why is it important for children to be exposed to diverse books?

Studies show that children are more likely to read books where the characters and their life experiences are similar to what the child can identify with. When children do not see themselves depicted in children's books or do not see positive portrayals of themselves in the books that they have access to, it can be harmful to their self-esteem.

Literacy Minnesota has shared that: "Diverse representations of characters in multi-cultural books are beneficial to all readers [because] reading multicultural books:

  • Helps people to better understand current world issues

  • Exposure to multicultural literature increases awareness of the social practices, values and belief systems of other cultures

  • Promotes unity and empathy: people learn that not only are differences tolerated, they are embraced

  • Promotes the interaction of children across differing ethnic backgrounds"

In 2023, the U.S. News & World Report, K-12 advised that:

 

According to the Cooperative Children's Book Center (2023):

  • 12% of children's books feature Black people as their primary characters and subjects.

  • 14% of children's books have signfiicant Black content, including but not limited to the fictional characters, human subjects, setting, and topic.

  • 40% of books for children and teens have at least one creator who is Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color.

  • 13% of books for children and teens have at least one Black creator. 

Creator includes authors, illustrators, and compilers.

Our Location:

North Park (Burlington, NC) was selected for this event because of its history in Alamance County.

"In the 1950s, North Park officially opened and was the designated park that served Black residents of Burlington. Since our country was still segregated at the time, this park was the place where Black families gathered for special events, celebrations and summer pool days. Former NP Pool cashier, Shirley Williams Dixon, recalls fond memories at the pool saying, "It was a beautiful place, and we had a lot of fun!"" -Burlington Recreation & Parks

Learn more about the Mayco Bigelow Community Center at North Park here.

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Interested in Donating Books?

Check back for our Amazon Wish List for this event.

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They Look Like Me! News Coverage (2024):

They Look Like Us! is a continuation of the efforts that began with the They Look Like Me! book fair in 2024. Learn more about the 2024 event by watching the news coverage from WXII12.

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They Look Like Me! Photos (2024)

Photos from the 2024 event can be found here.

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