At this amazing gathering of authors, educators, librarians, editors and publishers, we celebrated the Joy of Children’s Books. Mem Fox, Peter Sis and Katherine Paterson were three of the many guest speakers. Linda Boyden, author and storyteller, and myself shared a panel presentation: Celebrating Contemporary Native Americans in Children’s Books. www.ibby.org.
Here is my presentation outline – brief with readings from several children’s books, mostly by Native Authors: How I Became A Ghost by Tim Tingle; The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; Looks Like Daylight by Deborah Ellis; and Buffalo Bird Girl by S.D. Nelson.
Five Main Points
- We need more books about/ by Native Americans
- We need books with contemporary Native kids in today’s settings
- We need stories about individuals, free from generalizations and stereotypes
- We need to hear Native voices in books – all genres, anthologies, etc.
- We need books, nonfiction and fiction, told from Native perspective, especially about historical events that have been told inaccurately or not at all [Read more...]