ERIC Number: ED426832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-10
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Recognizing Writers and Illustrators of Mexican American Children's Literature.
Battle, Jennifer; Menchaca, Velma D.
Contemporary books about Mexican Americans are rare and frequently stereotypical in nature. Until recently, the very few children's books about Mexican Americans were usually written from an outsider's perspective and often displayed negative images and messages about traditional Mexican sex roles, Mexican living conditions, and the Spanish language. Researchers agree that it is important for children to see themselves represented positively and authentically in quality children's literature. Beginning in 1994, a faculty committee at Southwest Texas State University (STSU) developed a new award to honor the best new Mexican American children's books published each year that accurately represent the experience of Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Regional and national review committees were established to choose award finalists and the annual winner, respectively. The award was named the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award in honor of the distinguished Mexican American alumnus of STSU who dedicated his life to improving Mexican American education and who made significant contributions to Mexican American literature. Nomination criteria are listed. Important selection criteria are discussed: enhancing the reader's cultural awareness; avoiding harmful stereotypes; presenting positive representations of Mexican Americans; quality of illustrations; and authentic use of language (English, Spanish, dialect, code switching). The 1995 and 1996 winners and 12 nominees for 1997 are listed. (Contains 15 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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