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Read Brave: Art as Activism in Children’s Literature (and beyond) Panel Discussion

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April 2021


This Zoom event, a collaboration between St. Catherine University’s Arts and Humanities Division and the Read Brave project of the Saint Paul Public Libraries, aims to contribute to the ongoing conversation that Read Brave initiated around “self-worth, healing, reconciliation, liberation, and accountability” in young adult and children’s literature. Our focus will be on the BIPOC characters and authors of this year’s three selected Read Brave children’s books:· Front Desk by Kelly Yang· Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout by V.T. Bidania· We are Water Protectors by Carole LindstromPanelists Professors Sarah Park Dahlen (MLIS), Suzanne Kaback (Education) and Hui Wilcox (Sociology), and Librarian Amy Mars will join moderator Professor Cecilia Konchar Farr (English) to discuss representation and truth-telling in these books in particular, in children’s literature in general, and in art universally!