I want to focus on the article How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance. It makes me mad to see or hear that in this world we are still having problems with race and how kids are not accepting of everyone, and I don’t mean just race, but kids that have developmental delays are still not accepted fully in life, kids that have same sex parents are shunned, and religious affiliation. It is the 21st Century people wake up! These things are going to happen in life and we can not change that and you can’t “protect” your children from the things in life that will not harm them. Anyway, back to the article. Around here we are probably not as culturally diverse as say any state on the coast but that is not ever a reason for students not to be accepting of others. When you read a book or look at the pictures you want the students to see themselves in that book. If they see themselves as a character in that book having fun and doing good with another child that does not look like them then they will be more apt to be that way outside of reading. I want to bring that out in my classrooms, all my students need to know it is ok to look the way you do, come from where you come from, and that it is ok to be friends with kids that don’t look like you. All in all I really liked this article and feel like it speaks volumes to me and it should do that to others as well.