Muna Kalati Vivian Yenika Agbaw

Raising awareness about the misrepresentation of people of color in children literature – Vivian Yenika-Agbaw

Vivian Yenika-Agbaw is a professor of literature and literacy in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State, a mentor to many Penn State students, and an advocate for marginalized peoples.
She has spent her life studying and analyzing hierarchical systems of oppression and race relations. Through her writing and teaching, she encourages compassion, empathy, inclusivity and social change.  My aim is to identify those who are marginalized and work to include their voices through literature,” she said. Our Executive Director, Christian Elongué has met with Professor Vivian Yenika-Agbaw at the IBBY Africa Regional Meeting in Accra. In this article, we are presenting her and her contribution in the promotion of more inclusivity and representation in Children literature in the US and in the African diaspora.

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Children’s literature is the most important literature – Dianne Johnson Feelings

Through the IBBY Africa Regional Meeting, we had the pleasure to exchange with her about her career, perspectives and prospective on African children literature. Muna Kalati (MK): How were your first experience with books and reading? * Dianne Johnson-Feelings (DJF): There were always many, many books in my home. My mother was a teacher and both […]

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There is only one bookshop in the Gambia with a good collection of children’s books – Dr. Anna Stelthove-Fend

Frau Dr. Anna Stelthove-Fend who has tremendously contributed to facilitate access to quality children books in The Gambia by donations and extraordinary personal commitment. She also contributed to the establishment of the Africa library in Cologne which hosts books from and about Africa, translated into German, and contains about 300 books, fiction as well as […]

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