Teaching, Evaluating and Promoting Books about Social Justice #KidLitCon2019 Panel
Powerful stories that deal with social justice issues allow kids to empathize with characters and act as tools to help them better understand complex situations. Three authors share tips about how to evaluate books with social justice themes in terms of accuracy and appeal to young readers, how to use them to educate readers, and how to promote the good ones to as wide an audience as possible, as well as talking about how to write and translate them!
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the author of three novels for teens—Gringolandia, Surviving Santiago, and Rogue—and the translator, from Portuguese to English, of The World in a Second, Lines Squiggles, Letters, Words, The Queen of the Frogs, Olive the Sheep Can’t Sleep, and Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World). Gringolandia—the story of a refugee teenager from Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship and his relationship with his father, a just-released political prisoner—was an Américas Award Honor Book and selected for the ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults list in 2010. She reviews for The Pirate Tree and blogs on travel, politics, and writing at www.lynmillerlachmann.com.
Kip Wilson is the author of White Rose, a YA novel-in-verse about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl coming April 2, 2019 with HMH’s Versify imprint. White Rose is a 2017 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award winner and a 2019 Winter/Spring Indies Introduce title. Kip holds a Ph.D. in German Literature and is the poetry editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network).
Padma Venkatraman was chief scientist on oceanographic vessels and spent time under the sea and in five countries before becoming an American author. Her novels, A TIME TO DANCE, CLIMBING THE STAIRS and ISLAND’S END, were all released to multiple starred reviews and won several honors and awards. Her latest novel, THE BRIDGE HOME, is available for pre-order and will hit the shelves in February 2019. Visit her at www.padmavenkatraman.com or on twitter @padmatv.
Laura M. Jiménez
Laura M. Jiménez (moderator) is a lecturer at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Her work spans both literature and literacy, with a special interest in graphic novel reading comprehension and issues of representation in young adult literature. Her scholarship appears in The Reading Teacher, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Journal of Literacy Research. Her graphic novel reviews, and calls for social justice in children’s literature can be found on her blog, https://booktoss.blog/ and on her frequent Tweets @booktoss.
Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!