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Latino/a Children's and Young Adult Writers on the Art of Storytelling

248p. bibliog. index. Univ. of Pittsburgh. Mar. 2018. pap. $27.95. ISBN 9780822964971.
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Aldama interviews an eclectic group of contemporary Latinx children's book authors and illustrators (as well as Ashley Hope Pérez, who is white but whose spouse, Arnulfo, is Latinx), who discuss genres, writing for youth, and the role their identities and background played in their decisions to become writers and artists. Subjects stress the need for more Latinx creators, publishers, and editors; the significance of small presses; and the power of children's book awards in making Latinx writers and artists more visible. The interviewees range from self-taught artists to those with formal training, but all are driven to challenge whiteness in publishing and provide a voice for the marginalized. Readers will be inspired to revisit these creators' work. A preface, introduction, and afterword offer context on Latinx literature.
VERDICT An important resource for youth, school, and academic librarians; educators; and library science students.

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