Causes · Essay · Guest Post

Guest Post: Cuba for Beginners, by 2017-2019 National Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle

Many non-‘own voice’ authors do thorough research, but Cuba is an easy country to misinterpret. Rural Cuba, in particular, is often misunderstood by tourists who speed past impoverished villages and farms in air-conditioned buses, listening to official stories told by government guides.

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South Asian Kidlit Books in 2017 – Part 2

Originally posted on Flowering Minds:
Welcome back! Summer is flying by and we’ve got a lot of wonderful South Asian Kidlit books coming out in the next few months. It is wonderful to the see the breadth of South Asian books that are coming out from real-world stories, to contemporary, and fantasy. Last week, I…

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2017 LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature

Originally posted on sarahpark.com:
Here it is! My LIS 7190 Social Justice and Children’s/YA Literature reading list for summer 2017! Almost-Final Reading List (in alphabetical order) Alko, Selina. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage Austrian, J.J.. Illustrated by Mike Curato. Worm Loves Worm Budhos, Marina. Watched Charleyboy, Lisa…

Books · Middle Grade · Non-Fiction

Book Review: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, by Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi, illus. by Yutaka Houlette

Fred Koretmatsu Speaks Up isn’t a typical history or biography book. Chapter after chapter, the book not just gives facts, but also turns the table on the reader, asking questions such as, “Why do you think discrimination happens?”