The Reading Teacher
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Against a backdrop of legislation aimed at classroom book bannings and efforts to whitewash curriculum, this article draws from interviews with the winners of the 2022 International Literacy Association's Social Justice Literature Award winners to offer hope and inspiration for literacy teachers, researchers, and most importantly, young readers. Utilizing a World Cafe approach, the authors of this article talk with the award winners about their personal stories, the origins of these social justice books, and their message for students, teachers, and caregivers in these tumultuous times. It concludes with a discussion of the use of social justice texts in the classroom and the importance of the continued need for diverse representation in children's and young adult literature.
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Original Publication Citation
Dunkerly, J. M., & Moffit, C. (2023). A glimmer of hope for tomorrow: Conversations with the 2022 Social Justice Literature Award winners. The Reading Teacher, 1-7. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.2229
Dunkerly, Judith M. and Moffit, Char, "A Glimmer of Hope for Tomorrow: Conversations with the 2022 Social Justice Literature Award Winners" (2023). Teaching & Learning Faculty Publications. 227.