Putting Books to Work: The 2020 Chase Lecture with Grace Lin How can we make multicultural children’s literature more mainstream? Grace Lin, a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, shows how we can encourage children to read books with culturally diverse characters. Using her experiences as a child, a mother, and an author as…
Navigating teenage angst is tough. Navigating teenage angst with immigrant parents, a brother in jail, and no friends is even tougher.
Review of the Rania Al-Abdullah’s The Sandwich Swap for CI 5404. A great story about differing taste in sandwiches and friends overcoming differences.
How do you express your true self in a world that says everything about you is wrong? This engaging, coming of age novel tells the story of a young poet pulled between her own desires and the expectations of others, and discovering the power of poetry to set her free.
Can a human be illegal? Authors E. Colfer, A. Donkin, and illustrator G. Rigano begin to unpack this question in the emotionally-gripping graphic novel, Illegal. The book serves as a counter-narrative that does much of the work that multicultural literature strives to do.
Audrey is a young girl who is determined to do everything that everyone else can do. She marches with other Civil Rights marchers and is jailed for standing up for her rights. Her story is a great example of how everyone can (and should) participate in social justice.