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The Children’s Literature Community Responds to the 2016 Presidential Election

If you’re not up for a (mostly) Kumbaya sort of post (and I respect that), don’t read this post.

Here are some reactions to the 2016 presidential election by the children’s literature community.

(Thank you to Shannon Ozirny for the idea.)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I’ve had no words to wrap around this election. I’ve been filling the past 36 or so hours with mind-numbing tasks, hoping that–somehow–my subconscious was making some sense of Tuesday’s outcome. It is very helpful to read these posts . . . thanks for sharing them.

  2. I appreciate the sentiment of offering a “Kumbaya sort of post” – I have been sharing posts about unity and about spreading love in our communities a lot. Unfortunately, most of these examples seem to be encouraging a pity party, rather than encouraging unity and acceptance of each other.

    I am disappointed. Where is our tolerance and acceptance of everyone? Many people are mourning and protesting this election, instead of reaching out, getting to know, and accepting people that comprise half of our nation.

    We have told our children that tolerance and acceptance should be practiced with everyone, and that unity with diverse voices (ALL the different voices) is our ultimate goal. We need to show them this now more than ever.

    • Joseph Miller says

      I could not agree more. Ignoring half the country is a bad idea as writers, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and most of all Americans. It isn’t easy to have empathy for political foes, but it is necessary if we as a nation want things to work out for the best for all involved… and we are all involved in this outcome.

  3. Thanks for sharing some inspiration!!!