I am linking this post to Kidlit Frenzy’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge.
Several days ago, I did a conference presentation for the National Association of Gifted Children 61st Annual Convention and Exhibition at the Baltimore Convention Centre entitled Of Grit and Gumption, Sass and Verve: What Gifted Students Can Learn from Multicultural PictureBook Biographies.
I promised those who attended my session last Friday that I will post the text-set here in GatheringBooks, and so here it is! Essentially, what I did is to link the literature on gifted and talented with multicultural titles that highlight such themes. I did include a few more slides on definitions of multicultural children’s literature, key pointers to look out for in picturebook biographies, as well as critical multicultural analysis of children’s literature – but I’m not including those here. I also prepared short descriptions of each of the books so that I won’t dissolve into a puddle of excited, highly enthused, practically-incoherent fangirl of these talented artists. The greatest challenge for me is keeping only to these titles, because there are sooo much more out there. You might also want to check out the Pinterest Board I created on PBBs and Girl Power and Women who Moved the World. I hope you all have fun seeking these books out!
For the early birds, I gave out free canvas bags and picturebooks from Singapore and the Philippines! Special thanks to publishers and authors who sent their books.