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Voices of Resistance: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Chican@ Children's Literature

ALAMILLO, Laura, Larissa M. Mercado-López, & . 208p. bibliog. index. Rowman & Littlefield. Dec. 2017. pap. $38. ISBN 9781475834048.
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This thorough, insightful assortment of professional and academic writings by students, scholars, professors, and librarians pushes readers to reexamine their views on children's literature from marginalized communities and recognize its power for social justice. The resource recognizes the heterogeneity of Chicanx children's literature and the range of experiences of Chicanx communities. (Both the terms Chicanx and Chican@ are more gender-neutral alterantives to Chicano/a.) Divided into three sections ("Tracing Chican@ Identity and Consciousness," "Negotiating Gender and Sexuality," and "Transformative Pedagogies"), it opens with a foreword by 2015–17 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The volume discusses theories and concepts such as mestiza consciousness, critical literacy, boutique multiculturalism, cultural capital, masculinities studies, counternarratives, Chicana feminism, identity formation, conocimiento, and queerness. Contributors stress that small and independent presses have historically published Chicanx #ownvoices titles and describe how and why to incorporate Chicanx children's literature in the classroom.
VERDICT A valuable professional tool for school, public, and academic library collections.

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