#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Call Me Maria

Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer is about a teenaged Puerto Rican girl named Maria and how she processes her changing world. Ortiz Cofer artfully creates a soap opera-like feel in this work, which she accomplishes by using various genres – part novel, part poetry – to her advantage, as she shifts between scenes and changes … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Call Me Maria

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Education of Margot Sanchez

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera features the title character’s plight to fit in with new friends, while reconciling where she comes from and who she is, with where she wants to go and who she wants to become. Set in New York, the story begins with a Puerto Rican teenaged girl working at one of … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Education of Margot Sanchez

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos is both heart-wrenching and masterfully crafted. Ramos’s teenage protagonist, Macy Cashmere, is a character who, like many young people who experience tough circumstances, could be easily glossed over or written off by the casual observer as lacking the desire or capacity to succeed.  Yet, readers will learn as they read Macy’s … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: If I Could Fly

If I Could Fly by Judith Ortiz Cofer is as much a vivid account of a teen’s experiences with the adults in her life and how their choices impact her, as it is about the gritty realities of those in her flock. The story soars between the mainland and the island - the United States and Puerto … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: If I Could Fly

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

Note from Klem-Marí Cajigas, GLLI blog Guest Editor for #WorldKidLit Month 2020: today I am very excited and proud to welcome Luis Maldonado to the Global Literatures in Libraries Initiative. Luis and I have been friends since our first year in college, when we each found the only other Puerto Rican student in the Stetson … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

#WorldKidLitWednesday: The Book of Pearl

Mysterious and melancholy, The Book of Pearl consists of two complex, interwoven strands. One is historical fiction, the other is pure faerie fantasy, and both are the story of Joshua Iliån Pearl. Framing these two strands is the story of a young photographer/narrator who first appears as a teen and whose intervention many years later … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: The Book of Pearl

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Witch Hat Atelier, v. 1

What if the thing you most yearned to do was an innate ability? And you weren’t one of the lucky ones born with it? That’s the set up for Witch Hat Atelier, a wonderful YA coming-of-age manga series by Kamome Shirahama, translated by Stephen Kohler, the first volume of which just won an Eisner Award for the … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Witch Hat Atelier, v. 1

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Queer Africa: #ownvoices books from LGBTQ2IA+ African Writers

Check out these 11 books of poetry, comics, short stories, novels and non-fiction anthologies. All by African writers. All #ownvoices. Meanwhile... Graphic short stories about everyday queer life in Southern and East Africa. By the Qintu Collab. English. Short Story Collection. So this work that we all do as artists and culture makers – we … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Queer Africa: #ownvoices books from LGBTQ2IA+ African Writers

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Radio Silence: #ownvoices YA from England

Radio Silence.  When I first looked at the title, I could only remember faint remnants of the definition, a time during which it’s only silence. It’s only now, after having read the full book, that I remember a certain English lesson where we had to analyze a book title before we read it and all … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Radio Silence: #ownvoices YA from England

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Meet Reviewer Marcia Lynx Qualey

Marcia Lynx Qualey is a Rabat, Morocco-based translator from Arabic and an all-around champion of #worldkidlit—in fact, she coined the term! Previously based in Cairo, Marcia co-founded #WorldKidLit Month (September) with Alexandra Büchler and Lawrence Schimel in 2016, creating a platform to discuss translations into English for children—especially translations from underrepresented languages and cultures. The … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Meet Reviewer Marcia Lynx Qualey