Blog name: American Indians in Children's Literature
Blogger: Debbie Reese
Blog Origination date: May 8, 2006
Focus: Portrayals of American Indians in children's and young adult books
Regular features: Essays, short and long, written to help readers recognize flawed portrayals of American Indians, wherever they appear. The focus is literature, but I also blog about commercial products, textbooks, lesson plans, movies, and television shows.
Pub schedule. How frequently do you update your blog? At least twice a week
Post of note, something in particular you want readers to check out:
Effects of American Indian stereotypes
50 words or less how would you describe your blog:
Whether you were raised in the United States or another country, you were given (by well-meaning adults) books that portrayed American Indians in stereotypical ways as tragic and noble, or savage and brutal. You may even have come to believe that American Indians vanished, killed off by colonizers and other tribes. We're still here! Come to my site and learn about us.
Top 10 reads if we want to become informed about Native American children's lit?
Below are some things you can find at my site. I link to full-text articles, doing what I can to provide no-cost resources.
"Authenticity and Sensitivity: Goals for writing and reviewing books with Native American themes," by Debbie Reese, in School Library Journal.
"I is not for Indian: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Books for Young People," by Naomi Caldwell-Wood and Lisa Mitten of the American Indian Library Association
"I Still Isn't for Indian," by Nina Lindsay, in School Library Journal
"Look Mom! It's George! He's a TV Indian! by Debbie Reese, in Horn Book Magazine
Native American Themes in Children and Young Adult Books, by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Two invaluable print resources are:
American Indian Themes in Young Adult Literature, by Paulette Molin
A Broken Flute: The Native Perspective in Books for Children, edited by Doris Seale and Beverly Slapin
What do you hope readers will gain, find or enjoy because they've visited your blog?
I hope readers come away knowing how to look critically at images of American Indians, and that they share what they learn with their children and their children's teachers and librarians.