11/14/14: I was so excited to talk with Omilaju Miranda, the founder of a great resource, Mixed Diversity Reads. The website and blog feature children’s books that reflect the true diversity of families including multiracial and multicultural families, families of transracial adoption, bilingual families and families with same-sex parents. There are hundreds of reviews and recommendations on the website and the catalog continues to grow. You can also follow Omi on Twitter at @diversekidread. Listen to our interview and the way that Omi breaks down the idea of the “collapsed” definition of black American identity and her embrace of the diversity of her experience through family, experience, and a continually evolving identity. Seriously, this was a really deep interview. And she also has some great recommended book reads for your young reader! Listen to the interview here or download it on itunes.–Heidi Durrow
Omilaju Miranda is a creative writer who, in an effort to provide parents with a resource of books that reflect their children who are often overlooked in the children’s literature market, founded the Mixed Diversity Reads Children’s Book Review. As she has grown the website, creating relationships with various members of the literacy and reading community, Omi has recognized the importance of this site as a resource for all parents, and education professionals. She hopes this site helps you bring great books into your child’s life. She also runs another conversation, literary, and art blog, Parenting My Interracial Family which is a resource, serious conversation, and celebration of the lives, writing, and art of Parents and Children in interracial and transracial families.