At Orlando REP, one of our favorite spots in our theatre is in our Education offices. It’s a small space, but what it lacks in size it makes up in imagination. Each square foot is full of characters, worlds, images, challenges, triumphs, sadness, and joy. What is this special place? It’s our library! Whether we’re working in schools, in our park outside with babies and caregivers, or engaging audiences before a play, we love using books and getting lost in beautiful stories.
What makes a book a great drama book? Ask yourself, does it engage your mind, body, imagination, or voice? Does it invite you into an environment or take you on a journey? Is there a problem you can solve or even a character you can help? These are the books that invite us in and are so fun to explore.
Our books that we read with and for young people are also important tools to support representation and culturally responsive teaching. Books help our diverse participants see themselves reflected on the pages. When looking at your own library, are you seeing predominately white characters or narratives? Join us as we continue to diversify our library and celebrate the narratives and authors who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Check out a few of our favorites that we’re using in programs right now.
What are some of YOUR favorite BIPOC narratives or authors? What should we add to our library?
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