VOYA Gets It Wrong

American Indians in Children’s Literature is a superb blog. Blogger Debbie Reese wrote yesterday about VOYA’s new list of Native American books for teens. Seems that they really missed the mark with some of their recommendations. Nicely, Reese shares some reviews by Beverly Slapin on two of the recommended books.
I wish there were other multicultural blogs like this taking a critical look at how their culture is being portrayed for children. If you know of any, please let me know!

2 thoughts on “VOYA Gets It Wrong

  1. It’s interesting that by following the links on the VOYA story, which runs right above the banned books story, one ends up at a page of books to avoid (http://www.oyate.org/books-to-avoid/index.html). Many differences and nuances here, but, still, an interesting juxtaposition of various people “taking a critical look at how their culture is being portrayed for children.”

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  2. Two blogs come to mind on the subject. There’s author Mitali Perkin’s blog Mitali’s Fire Escape as well as Shen’s Blog which offers, “Thoughts and News From the World of Multicultural Books”, particularly of the childish persuasion.

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