2017 Request for Program & Poster Proposals
The aftermath of the 2016 presidential election has intensified the necessity for accurate information, increased resources, insightful mentoring and cutting edge research to counter the physical, emotional and symbolic violence perpetrated against the Latino community. Latinos are the largest U.S. minority group and are predicted to eventually become the majority.
The field of Latino Children’s Literature (LCL) has increased slowly, despite the many challenges that confront its authors and illustrators. Challenges not-with-standing, in a powerful way, high quality LCL represents the lived experiences and perspectives of Latinos for those within and outside of “La comunidad.”
Despite the growing demographic and the need for reaffirming, authentic literature, schools are lagging in materials that that reflect the lives of Latino children. Districts with “Required Reading” lists routinely contain few titles penned by Hispanic authors. In books distributed to students, Hispanic characters are relatively scarce, despite a thriving Latino children’s and young adult books movement.
Even as new titles are published, librarians must be cognizant of the extent to which their acquisitions convey the depth and breadth of the Latino experience in all its complexity, successes and struggles. There continue to be problems of stereotyping, linguicism, commodification, and misrepresentation within Latino children’s literature. For that reason, care is still warranted to ensure that the books that reach young hands are engaging and respectful so as to encourage the development of lifelong literacy and membership into the “Literacy Club.”
This year, as always, we have invited nationally-acclaimed Latino literacy scholars and award-winning Latino authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult books. For the conference, we envision an exchange of ideas, a deepening of our understanding of the Latino diaspora and a better appreciation of the children’s and young adult literature that represents their world.
Two questions guide this conference and those who participate: (1) What new things have we learned about LCL in the past two years and (2) What innovations can we learn and share about the use of LCL in the classroom and beyond?
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
In keeping with the recurring conference theme “Connecting Cultures & Celebrating Cuentos,” we invite program proposals that contribute to and extend existing knowledge in the following areas: Latino children’s and young adult literature, literacy development within bilingual education, Latino family literacy, Latino cultural literacy, library services to Latino children and their families, literacy programs utilizing Latino children’s literature, educational needs of Latino children, educational opportunities and collaborations, Latino children’s responses to culturally-responsive literature, social influences of children’s media on Latino youth, extra-curricular bi-literacy programs in schools and libraries, and critical perspectives on children’s literature for and about Latinos.
Presentations may be empirical or provide a demonstration of practical applications of LCL for current or pre-service librarians and educators. The National Latino Children’s Literature Conference is both a research and practitioner conference and all proposals go through a peer review process. There are two options for presentations.
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