Any adult in the McDonald Int'l community can join for a casual yet lively book discussion. Read a great book and get together to eat, drink, and discuss. Didn't finish the book? Come anyway!
When: Tuesday, April 4 at 7:15 p.m.
Where: McDonald International Library
The Book Topic: Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations by Anu Taranath
Children’s books such as Curious George and Goodnight Moon are often beloved by children, sparking their imaginations and providing warmth and comfort. But books like these can also inspire adults— helping us to imagine ourselves in a new way and think about society from a new perspective.
In this talk, University of Washington lecturer Anu Taranath will showcase children’s books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the US, inviting audiences to take a closer look at kids’ books, and suggests we adults might also learn some new lessons about how to navigate our complicated world. Within these seemingly simple stories are important messages about how we think about our differences, and importantly, how we might rethink our similarities.
Anu Taranath is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington specializing in global literature, identity, race, and equity. She is the recipient of University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award and a “Best of Seattle” designation from the Seattle Weekly, as well as multiple national Fulbright awards and fellowships. She also works as a consultant for schools, colleges, libraries, community organizations, and government agencies on social justice and global issues.
Specific books she will discuss:
Let's Talk About Race-- Julius Lester
Tan to Tamarind: poems about the color brown--Iyengar & Akib
Bintou's Braids-- S. Diouf
Jafta the Homecoming--Lewin & Kopper
Red or Blue, I like you--Albee & Brannon
No need to read them beforehand. Participants will receive a resource sheet with more book titles.
Check the book out from the Seattle Public Library—or buy with scrip on Amazon via the blue McDonald Amazon link on the McDonald PTA homepage and up to 4-9% of your purchase goes to the PTA!
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