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.

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.


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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 Stories of Resistance, Healing, and a Call to Action

  • 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
Keynote: David Bowles, Author: They Call Me Güero

Shake Up Your Shelves

Features Latinx authors: David Bowles, Yamile Saied Méndes, Ernesto Cisneros, and Anika Alsamuy Denise.

2021 Virtual Book Store

Books listed on the 2021 Latinx MiniFest program can be purchased at Latinx MiniFest @ Bank Street 2021 virtual book store.