A program for children and families
takes you on a
Story Journey to the Arabic-speaking Countries of the Middle East
•Write your name in Arabic
•Listen to read-alouds
•Play traditional Middle-Eastern games
•Engage in art activities
Saturday, 10 -12
Worlds of Words (Room 453)
College of Education
1430 E 2nd St
Free Parking at 2nd St. Garage
Mountain Ave & 2nd St.
Just off of the 2nd St. streetcar stop
Worlds of Words Mini-Conference
Room 453, College of Education, 1430 E. 2nd Street
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Keynote authors/illustrators TBA
4:00-4:15 – Registration
4:15-5:15 – Concurrent Keynotes
5:15-5:45 – Snacks and Texts Sets on Adaptation
5:45-6:45 – Concurrent Keynotes
6:45-7:30 – Text Sets, Autographing, Conversation and Food
Certificates for 3 ½ hours of Professional Development credit will be available.
The Lack of Characters of Color in Children’s Books
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released their annual report of the number of books depicting characters of color in 2013. The statistics show a continued decline that is alarming and has resulted in multiple news reports and articles. You can access the report at http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/choiceintro14.asp. Two articles that are particularly noteworthy in response to this report are Christopher Myers article on The Apartheid of Children’s Literature, published in the The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html?_r=0 and the CNN article on Where is the African American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? which includes a great interview of Matt de la Pena at http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/09/living/young-adult-books-diversity-identity/ .
Here are the numbers from 3,200 books received at the CCBC in 2013. Of those,
• 93 books had significant African or African American content
• 67 books were by Black authors and/or illustrators
• 34 books had American Indian themes, topics, or characters
• 18 books were by American Indian authors and/or illustrators
• 61 books had significant Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content
• 88 books were by authors and/or illustrators of Asian/Pacific heritage
• 57 books had significant Latino content
• 48 books were by Latino authors and/or illustrators
If you go to CCBC Choices on their site and access previous years, you will see a steady decline since 2008.
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