Our authors are teens who are often made to feel like their voices don’t matter.
You’re showing them that they do. Imagine how they feel learning that their books are being read by kids in California, or college professors in Ohio. It’s a real, much-needed boost of confidence and validation.
Can you let them know you’re listening? We’ll make sure they get your message.
Also, our authors love to see who's listening.
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To think that a group of 12-14 year-old girls wrote this is mind-blowing! The way they so beautifully illustrated The ripples created in the community—from every angle, including the cop and his family—after Tajon gets shot is astute, important, and haunting.
I read this book this morning. Really amazing that a group of teens—mostly middle schoolers—wrote it. I hope it is widely read and that these ten girls can have a big effect of using their voices. Wishing there was an opportunity for my students like this.
Really well done. Written by a group of teen age girls, it looks at the problem of officer involved shootings from all perspectives including both the victim's family and the officer's family. The fact that a group of young women could adopt the various different perspectives and look at a complicated issue from different viewpoints is really remarkable. Good reading for middle school to high school.
Important collection of graphics & personal essays written by 16 Latinx immigrant teens now living in DC. Appreciated their hopefulness and vulnerability in writing and sharing their stories. Ordered a small set of these and can't wait to share them with ELA classes and see student responses!
The compelling stories shared by these students, all members of the Latino Youth Leadership Council and active in the fight for social justice, signal their desire to serve as beacons or lifelines for other young immigrants. Their testimonies, as Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina (Merci Suárez Changes Gears, 2018, etc.) points out in her foreword, are ultimately about courage.
Thank you for the work you do! I’m a Literary Coach in a middle school in the South Bronx. We read The Day Tajon Got Shot as a school-wide read in May. It was excellent! Students could not put the book down! There was a constant buzz throughout the building as students and adults read it.
I have never written to any author before, but I loved your book and I just had to tell you. I think this is a really important piece of literature that speaks to both the simplicity and the complexity of the problem of race-based policing.
Sixteen Latinx teens who emigrated from Mexico and Central America tell their stories in this bilingual volume, the result of a collaboration between nonprofit press Shout Mouse and the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC. While the artwork is at times unpolished, the comics will reverberate with readers. Following each piece is a reflection by its contributor. This powerful compendium amplifies teens' understanding of the young immigrant experience—facing fears, overcoming sadness and the temptation to give up, learning a new language, and being left by parents who migrated first, then forgiving and reuniting with them decades later.
Immigration is not an easy topic to tackle with students. Regardless of your background, it is difficult to represent the experiences of others. It is especially hard to give students an understanding of the complex issues involved in immigration.
The best answer is for individuals to tell their own stories, and for teachers to add additional context. In Voces Sin Fronteras, sixteen young people share their stories of immigration in comics. In my opinion, this side-by-side bilingual collection of graphic memoirs belongs in every Spanish and English class in the country.
I read Voces Sin Fronteras and it makes me think how we here in America take for granted the little things in life like going to school and being able to be a child and not have to worry about working to help the family and how we are safer here than anywhere in the world and then we have our president here sending troops to the Mexico border to stop people that are not trying to come in illegally but walk into the border crossing and asking for asylum the legal way.
Though immigration is a hotly discussed topic, it’s not often that we hear from the perspective of young immigrants. Fortunately, the Latin American Youth Center of D.C. (LAYC) and Shout Mouse Press have partnered to publish "Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth" a collection of young immigrants’ stories.
Combining reality with fantasy (loved the purple broccoli trees!), this book takes on a tough real-life situation that many children find themselves in --- upset by parents arguing. It acknowledges a child's feelings while encouraging a child to talk to parents about those feelings.
This is a thoughtful, illustrated book about children who can see the good in others and help them change. Max starts the story by saying "Being bad never felt so good. Evil runs in my family." His counterpart Ronnie believes "Goodness is in all of us. My family stands for justice." After wonderfully illustrated interactions between the two, Max is able to see the goodness in himself. The book is clearly written and offers a positive message about looking below the surface to see the potential in others.
I've read many A to Z picture books in my days, but what makes this one special is not only its photographs of D.C. landmarks, but also the creativity of the photographs. My favorite is "F" is for Frederick Douglas. Not only do the pages show pictures of the Frederick Douglas Historic Site, but a photo of what I presume is one of the book's authors "shaking hands" with the statue of Frederick Douglas. It's these sorts of shots that delight children and adults alike.
First things first, because it was written by a group of teenage girls. If that knowledge doesn't hit you like a punch in the gut with every word you read, then you just might be missing a heart. Think about what they must be going through to be able to produce something like this. These girls worked together to examine all sides of the epidemic of police violence toward black people in a thoughtful, emotional, and powerful way, and I was blown away with every page.
I purchased Finding Mumbo, A to Z the real dc, Adventures in Ana Park for my fifth graders in our Afterschool program it was a part of a book writing introduction to the students. They enjoyed reading the books something that they could relate too. Places and things that they see everyday it was a pleasure and an educational fun experience.