Over 150 reading specialists, classroom teachers, school librarians, and school administrators attended the 19th Annual Summer Literacy Institute at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, July 24 and 25. The theme was Real World Literacy. In my presentation Picture Books for a Diverse World I shared how I use picture books in my teaching practice to help students make meaning in an increasingly complex and diverse world. I demonstrated how picture books could be used to help students connect to real world issues. Attendees walked away with a resource list.