Building Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry 2019

June 14 - 16, 2019


Begin the hard work needed to learn about and fight for representation of culture differences in children’s books and our world.

Building cultural competency is an important first step in expanding the diversity of books and readers. An ally in the fight for cultural representation in children’s books must understand the complexities of cultural competency to foster racial equity in communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf. Writers in particular must gain tools in cultural competency before writing outside their own experiences.


Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell is an assistant Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Edith currently serves as…
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Paula Yoo

Special Guest Paula Yoo is a children’s book author and TV writer/producer. Her latest YA non-fiction book about Vincent Chin,…
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Renée Watson

Special Guest Renée Watson is a New York Times Bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me…
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Marilisa Jiménez Garcia

Special Guest Marilisa Jiménez García is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in Latino/a literature and culture. Particularly interested in the intersections…
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Laura M. Jiménez

Special Guest Laura M. Jiménez is a lecturer at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She teaches…
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All-Inclusive Event Cost: $799.00

All-inclusive means we provide transportation to and from the airport, lodging and all meals.

workshop information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 14, with an optional tour of Highlights magazine and Boyds Mill Press, and ends on Sunday, June 16, with lunch.