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WOW Book Fiesta

Saturday November 1, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

A Celebration of the Day of the Dead

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Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1420 E. Second Street

**Free (no game) Parking at 2nd St. Garage**
The new streetcar stops in front of the College

Join us to celebrate the various cultural traditions of El día de los muertos through exploration centers focusing on arts, traditions, and stories.

•A Collaboration of Project SEED: Teachers from across Mexico studying at UA & CREATE: Students in the UA Early Childhood Teacher Education Program.

 

Future Events

December 6: What’s in the Box? Story Journeys Around the World
Journey around the world through centers with activities and stories from 11 global and local cultures

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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