Real Talk SLP episode 17

Have you ever taken an inventory of your book library? When I discovered Shontaye Glover @havingoursay’s IG account last year, I started to look at my book library in a different way.

As a school-based speech-language pathologist, I often planned by topic as it was the most effective way for me to plan for multiple goals and ages. One thing I missed in a lot of my themes were books with characters from different cultures. I tended to lean towards books with animals, vehicles, or types of categories like apples, fall, etc. But, Shontaye showed me how I can always plan my favorite themes and expand my selection of books to make sure it showcases kids and characters of all races and walks of life.

Shontaye always shares new books on her IG that inspire you with characters from different cultures and backgrounds. She gives you an excellent synopsis of the book and how to use it in your therapy room.

In this episode, Shontaye explains how to build your own diverse book library and how she started her own!

She also gives us some practical tips on how to choose books with characters from different cultures and ideas on how to use them in therapy.

Of course, I wanted her favorite book recommendations, so she shared them at the end of the interview:

Plus, Shontaye shared everything about her new book “Liam’s First Cut” which is on presale. You can get your own copy here: http://tayejones.com/

This book will be so useful for my autistic students to be a social story to go to the barber shop.

Want all of Shontaye’s book recommendations? Visit their website: https://www.havingoursay.org/diverse-picture-books

Top 5 Book Recommendations to Add to Your Book Library:

Good day Daniel by Micha Archer

Liam’s first cut by Taye Jones (It’s Shontaye, that’s cool!)

Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed

Thank you Omu by Oge Mora

The name pot by Yangsook Choi

How to connect with Shontaye:



Various books: https://www.havingoursay.org/diverse-picture-books

Instagram: @havingoursay


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