The Art and Politics of Creating Children's Books about and by Latino/a and American Indian People and Culture

By:
Dr. Jeff Berglund,
Berglund Monica Brown
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This workshop explores the politics and artistic strategies involved in writing books for children about U.S. Latino/a and American Indian people and culture. Monica Brown and Jeff Berglund (bios below) will lead workshop participants in a discussion and analyses of books about these topics and the politics of authorship. Books written by insiders and outsiders to the culture will be examined as well as recent award-winning books noted for their artistic vision, originality and authentic representation of the complexities of historical and contemporary traditions. Participants will also learn about the interaction of illustrations and narrative and the role played by each in the handling of issues that are politically charged or uniquely connected to the culture of origin. Workshop facilitators will also discuss appeals to children and ways of managing historical accuracy alongside the need to entertain and delight. Insight about contemporary marketing and publishing trends will also be discussed, including efforts to publish bi- and tri-lingual editions of books.


Keywords: Children's, Books, Latino, Latina, American, Indian, Native, Indigenous, Politics, Art
Stream: Books, Writing and Reading, Publishing
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Jeff Berglund

Associate Professor of English, Department of English, Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ, USA

Jeff Berglund, PhD, is a scholar of American Indian Literature and author of _Cannibal Fictions: American Explorations of Race, Colonialism, Gender and Sexuality_ (Wisconsin UP), numerous articles, and most recently recipient of a National Endowment for Humanities grant for his project on the Navajo Long Walk (including a focus on writing for children). He has presented from his work at the American Library Association, the Native American Literature Symposium, and the Modern Language Association. He is also responsible for creating the new Lacapa Spirit Prize awarded to children’s books about the culture and people of the U.S. Southwest—this year’s winner is Victor Villeseñor. Berglund is Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University.

Berglund Monica Brown

Associate Professor of English, Department of English, Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ, USA

Monica Brown, PhD, is an award-winning author of _My Name Is Celia: the Life of Celia Cruz_ as well many other books for children (five forthcoming, including books on Pele (from HarperCollins/Rayo) and Gabriel Garcia Marquez). Her books have been recognized with an Américas Award, a Latino Book Award, a Pura Belpre Honor and starred reviews in Critícas and School Library Journal. Brown has led workshops at the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) and state-affiliates (California and Massachusetts). She is the author of _Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizens in Latino/a Literature_ (Minnesota UP) and an Assoc. Prof at Northern Arizona University.

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