World Wide Web: The Pirate Tree

While doing research for our upcoming book groups and the “En la Clase” posts, I come across so many incredible online resources.  Often times one of the biggest struggles we can have as eductors is the time to find the really great resources that support the kind of education and knowledge we want to provide our students.  An important purpose of our blog is to do some of that work for teachers.  Each week we will be highlighting a really interesting, standout, or creative online resource here as a “World Wide Web” announcement.

Recently, I came across a blog called The Pirate Tree, and I knew that I had to share it here, in our first “World Wide Web” post.  Its focus is social justice and children’s literature.  It’s written by really great authors (some that we’ve even mentioned here on the blog!) with some very though provoking articles.   It seemed like the perfect thing to write about here on Vamos a Leer. Below I’ve shared how the authors describe the blog in their own words.

“The writers at The Pirate Tree seek to expose and discuss literature and writers for children and teenagers that delve into themes of social justice and social conscience. The title, “The Pirate Tree,” comes from a picture book that Lyn Miller-Lachmann once wrote about two children whose grandfathers fought on opposite sides of a war. The children were prohibited from going into each others’ yards, but they figured out a way to meet and play pirates together by climbing a tree with limbs and branches above both their yards. Like the story suggested, we are interested in books and writers that question and rebel against the status quo, argue for peace and reconciliation, take the side of the marginalized and powerless, and use creative solutions to overcome obstacles.”

I hope you spend some time looking through the wealth of topics they’ve written about.  They’ve discussed a number of books that relate to Latin America, and even have some interviews with authors featured on Vamos a Leer.

4 thoughts on “World Wide Web: The Pirate Tree

  1. Hi! I just found out about you when you linked to my interview of Laura Resau and review of The Queen of Water. Thank you for featuring us on your blog! I look forward to working with you in the future to raise awareness of young people’s experiences around the world.

      • Please let me know if you have any questions or you’d like us to review a book for you. I’m also here to answer any questions you may have about my own novel, Gringolandia, which is set at the time of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. In fact, in my next post for The Pirate Tree, I’m going to feature a tribute to a musician friend who helped me with the research and who was killed in an accident a couple of months ago.

      • Thank you so much for your offers! We will definitely take you up on them. Let me talk to our other blog writers to get their input on titles to review. I know I’d love to do a post on using Gringolandia in the classroom. Our book group is reading The Dreamer in October which is also set in Chile–maybe that would be a good time to do a series of post on teaching about Chile and young adult literature. Perhaps we could do an interview with you (via email?) about the book as part of that series. Looking forward to your next post on The Pirate Tree!

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