Baby Raven Reads: My Kirkus Q&A

h1 March 15th, 2018 by jules

Over at Kirkus today, I talk to Dr. Rosita Worl (pictured here), President of Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau.

Several years ago, the Institute developed Baby Raven Reads, a groundbreaking, culturally-based program promoting early literacy and school readiness for Alaska Native children. I’ve seen a selection of their 2017 picture books, vividly-illustrated traditional tales by writers and illustrators from the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Dr. World tells me more about the Institute and Baby Raven Reads in our chat today.

Pictured above is the cover of Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy, which was awarded the 2018 Best Picture Book from ALA’s American Indian Library Association. I will have some art from that, as well as from some of their other titles, in a follow-up post here at 7-Imp next week.

The Q&A is here.

Until tomorrow …

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Photo of Dr. Worl by Scott Areman, courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute.

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