Brave Writer Podcast: Diversity, Inclusion, & Literature with Charnaie Gordon
Charnaie Gordon is a computer programmer by day, blogger and influencer by night, and a wife and mother of two 24/7. She is also a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, podcast junkie, and diversity and inclusion expert.
In Charnaie’s blog, Here Wee Read, she expresses her creativity and passion for reading, diverse literature, and literacy. More than anything else, Charnaie cares about connecting people with great books that they love because she believes – and we at Brave Writer agree – that books are an absolute necessity.
Diversity & Inclusion
Charnaie’s passion for diversity and inclusion is driven by a desire for everyone to have his or her own voice, whether it be through books, television, or other media. She believes it’s important that people of all races, and all ethnicities, are able to see themselves represented and included.
“I try to feature books with kids just doing everyday things. We don’t see enough of this, I believe… but I like to focus on just kids beings kids, no matter what their race or culture is.”
Introducing inclusive ideals (or, unfortunately, non-inclusive ideals) starts at home. We need to be intentional about seeing more people that do not look like us, reading books from and about diverse individuals, and interacting with all different kinds of people so that our children are not afraid of or prejudiced against anyone just because they look different.
A Couple of Charnaie’s Favorite Children’s Books:
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison | Originating as an Instagram challenge, this New York Times Bestseller features 40 illustrated biographies of African American women that helped shape history.
- Grandad Mandela by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela (Author), Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela (Author), Sean Qualls (Illustrator) | Charnaie is excited about this upcoming book, which will actually be the first children’s book about Nelson Mandela created in collaboration with his family. It will publish on June 28, 2018, shortly before what would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday.