But, there are some excellent opportunities out there to start on this work, and I'd like to highlight one of those opportunities in this post. March 13-14, 2014, you can do yourself a huge favor and attend the National Latino Children's Literature Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This year the event will feature 2014 Pura Belpré winning author Meg Medina, 2014 Pura Bepré honor author Margarita Engle, and Latina literary agent Adriana Dominguez among many others.
If you have found this blog post, it's most likely that you are already a convert to the need for more inclusion in children's literature. Perhaps you already even attend the National Latino Children's Literature event. My challenge to you is this - share it with someone else who doesn't have these issues on his/her radar. If I have any professional take-away from 2013, it's that those of us who already care about these issues are bubbling over with frustration that the lack of multicultural inclusion in children's literature is still so real. But we have to find a way to reach out and bring the folks who don't even see it into the discussion. We can do that a number of ways, but my recommendation would be to get them so excited and passionate about these books that they too become converts, that they too have their worldview broadened, that they too begin to see the world around them more critically and start asking some important questions to their colleagues about who has a voice in children's literature and who does not. This conference can do that in a way few others can.
For more information, visit the National Latino Children's Literature Conference website, or contact conference Chair, Dr. Jamie Campbell-Naidoo, firstname.lastname@example.org.