While the word diversity is old, the way that we are using it today in children’s literature is quite new. Diversity came into contemporary English usage from the medieval French word diversité, which at the time meant “difference” (OED). However, the ultimate origin of the word comes from the Latin diversitatem, which means “contrariety, contradiction, disagreement.” The very etymology of the term captures its inherent polarities. Conversations about diversity unwittingly appropriate a very old word for new purposes during our age of discursive volatility.

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