Center for Children’s Literature

Latinx Mini-Conference

Conversaciones Mexicoestadounidenses en Literatura Infantil
Mexican-American Conversations in Children’s Literature

Saturday, March 6, 2021

The Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education is thrilled to virtually present its third mini-conference focusing on Latinx Children’s Literature. This year’s program will focus on Mexican-American themes and authors.

David Bowles will be our keynote speaker. David is the recipient of the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee’s, 2019 Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry for They Call me Güero as well as two Pura Belpré honors.  Other titles include the graphic novel, Rise of the Halfling King: Tales of the Feathered Serpent and The Chupacabras of the Río Grande part of the Unicorn Rescue Series, co-authored with Adam Gidwitz.

The conference will be in English and is created for Spanish and English-speaking librarians, elementary school teachers, publishers, authors and parents who want to expand their knowledge and better serve their populations.

Register for Latinx MiniFest @ Bank Street

Note registration ends March 5, 2021 at 9:30 a.m

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10:15 AM – 10:30 AM EST
Zoom sign in

10:30 AM – 10:35 AM EST
Welcome: Cynthia Weill, Director, Center for Children’s Literature

10:35 AM – 11:30 AM EST
Whole Neighborhoods Inside Us: Community and Belonging in Picture Books by Mexican American Authors

  • Matt de la Peña – Carmela Full of Wishes
  • YuYi Morales – Dreamers
  • Donna Barba Higuera –  El Cucuy is Scared Too!
  • Isabel Quintero – My Papi Has a Motorcycle

Moderator: Alexandra Aceves, Editor, Junior Library Guild

11:30 AM – 12:25 PM EST
Middle Grade Fiction: Focus on Mexican/American Immigration

  • Aida Salazar – Land of the Cranes
  • Ernesto Cisneros – Efrén Divided
  • Alexandra Diaz – Santiago’s Road Home

Moderator: Carla España, Bank Street College of Education

12:25 PM – 12:50 PM EST

  • David Bowles, Author: They Call Me Güero