March 2022

Navigating Multiple Cultures and Identities

Three authors of picture books and middle-grade novels talk about creating stories in which characters with hyphenated identities navigate multiple cultures in their daily lives.

Livia Blackburne

Livia Blackburne is a New York Times best-selling author. Her work includes the duologies Midnight Thief and Rosemarked. The latter work was named an Amazon Book of the Month in 2017.  Blackburn studied biochemical sciences at Harvard and earned a Ph....

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Hena Khan

Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American writer. She is the author of the books "Amina's Voice," "Amina's Song" and "More to the Story." She also wrote the picture books "Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns," "Under My Hijab" and "It's Ramadan....

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Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins has written several books for young readers, including "Between Us and Abuela," "Forward Me Back to You," "You Bring the Distant Near," "Rickshaw Girl" and "Bamboo People." Perkins was born in India and currently resides in Northern California....

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

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Tucson Medical Center

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Stocker Foundation
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Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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