Guest Author: Mitali Perkins
"During the teen years, one thing's for sure: your life story gets much more interesting. Of course, that might mean your heart ends up a bit scorched in places. Good stories have the power to heal those burns." — Mitali Perkins
Mitali Perkins has written ten novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for the National Book Award, Walter Award honor book), Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years), Bamboo People (an American Library Association's Top Ten Novels for Young Adults), and Tiger Boy (winner of the Charlotte Huck Honor Award and the South Asia Book Award.) She has been honored as a "Most Engaging Author" by independent booksellers across the country and selected as a "Literary Light for Children" by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India before immigrating to the United States. She has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Books Between Cultures
What are the tensions facing kids growing up on the margins of race and culture? How does pop culture squeeze against them? What can stories offer and why? What questions should we ask about books as teachers, parents, and librarians when it comes to race and culture? Get equipped and inspired. This popular talk was presented at the American Association of School Librarian's National Convention, the Public Library Association's National Convention, YALSA's Teen Lit Symposium, and the American Library Association's Annual Convention, among others.
About The Day
You won’t want to miss a minute! We’ll jump right in with breakout discussions on the hottest topics in teen services. Collect fun ideas, colleague-source solutions to your challenges, and “pay it forward” by sharing your knowledge with others. Late morning, author Mitali Perkins will Skype visit with us, offering her ideas about the intersection of race, culture, books, and teens. Following your own yummy lunch, we’ll agree on the last topics of the day in unconference style. We’ll have those rich learning dialogues, and end the day with excellent giveaways to amp up your very own teen services!
5 CEU hours
Sponsored by Mohawk Valley Library System, Southern Adirondack Library System, and Upper Hudson Library System
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