I released this print set in 2019, and I’m just updated it and re-sharing it. Check it out for your classroom, library, organization, or home. Why did I do these? I made these to illustrate children of color reading or being read to to foster an environment that is welcoming and encourages reading for fun.
This is really cool to see! The cover of this new book features an illustration I created for a series of “story time” posters I started two years ago. I made these images because I wanted to contribute some reflections to reading rooms and areas in libraries. I’ve seen images of celebrities in “Read” posters but I wanted the images to be of every day people and children.
Scholar Marilisa Jiménez Garcia studies Latinx history and children’s literature and has written this book “Side By Side” about the ongoing colonization of Puerto Rico and how media from the US has affected Latinx kids on the island. You can order a copy of the bookHERE
Heres the description from the book:
During the early colonial encounter, children’s books were among the first kinds of literature produced by US writers introducing the new colony, its people, and the US’s role as a twentieth-century colonial power to the public. Subsequently, youth literature and media were important tools of Puerto Rican cultural and educational elite institutions and Puerto Rican revolutionary thought as a means of negotiating US assimilation and upholding a strong Latin American, Caribbean national stance.
In Side by Side: US Empire, Puerto Rico, and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture, author Marilisa Jiménez García focuses on the contributions of the Puerto Rican community to American youth, approaching Latinx literature as a transnational space that provides a critical lens for examining the lingering consequences of US and Spanish colonialism for US communities of color. Through analysis of such texts typically outside traditional Latinx or literary studies as young adult literature, textbooks, television programming, comics, music, curriculum, and youth movements, Side by Side represents the only comprehensive study of the contributions of Puerto Ricans to American youth literature and culture, as well as the only comprehensive study into the role of youth literature and culture in Puerto Rican literature and thought.
Considering recent debates over diversity in children’s and young adult literature and media and the strained relationship between Puerto Rico and the US, Jiménez García’s timely work encourages us to question who constitutes the expert and to resist the homogenization of Latinxs, as well as other marginalized communities, that has led to the erasure of writers, scholars, and artists.
Here’s the last print of this “READ” series encouraging young people to pick up a comic, graphic novel, YA, MG, Magazine, art book, whatever and read. I started this at the beginning of the year in March and I was inspired to do more so I did. For this one, I imagined a young Asian Boy. Check it out and share.
For this this print I imagined a South East Asian Girl. This is the third in a new series of prints with a simple concept, encourage reading and illustrate an array of young people reading, focusing on children of color. If you’d like to get a print of this one
Here is the next READ print in a series of them. I have no idea how many of these I’m going to do but I’m enjoying making them and I hope you like them as well. If you’d like to get a print for your classroom, office, or library please go here. BUY A PRINT!
Hey, I’ve been working ion this series of “Story time” posters for over a year with the intent to illustrate children and families of color reading to a child or children. I hope that this artwork is useful to your classroom, home, office, or library. Keep reading to the babies!
It’s been a minute since I made some new merchandise so here’s something new. This is the fourth in a series of “Story time” posters. This one features my wife and daughter as models sitting in a chair reading.
Hey, so I got a chance to collaborate with Jambo Books Club, a new company that has created a diverse kids books box for anyone looking to find new books. The founders have two daughters who inspired them and you can read more about their company HERE.
Check it out, some of my story time illustrations on their book boxes and a peak inside.
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