¡Mira, Look!: Yo soy Muslim

¿Hablas un poquito de español? ¿Por qué no acompañarme en nuestras series mensuales de literatura infantil? Desde ahora nuestras críticas literarias en el blog ¡Vamos a leer! se van a hacer también en la lengua de Cervantes, que tantos de nuestros seguidores dominan. Como reza el dicho, hay que profesar con el ejemplo; y con la inclusión del español pretendemos llegar a una audiencia más diversa pero, sobre todo, es una declaración de intenciones.

Book_Page_01En la serie de literatura infantil dedicada a la temática del amor por la comunidad este mes, vamos a introducir el libro Yo soy Muslim, una sugestiva colaboración entre el escritor Mark Gonzales y la ilustradora Mehrdokht Amini. Grosso modo Yo soy Muslim es una tierna carta de amor y empoderamiento de un padre hacia su hija, animándole a celebrar su riqueza cultural musulmana, hispanoamericana e indígena. Esta conexión no pasa inadvertida, pues es de amplia aceptación el que los padres, por una razón no del todo conocida, tengan una relación especial con sus hijas, en la misma medida en que las madres la tienen con sus hijos. Ahora vamos a escuchar el susurro paternal, que lentamente ofrece un desfilar de palabras que no hacen sino expresar su amor por nosotros y la idea de que polvo de estrellas fuimos y en polvo de estrella nos convertiremos:

Hay preguntas que nos hacemos cuando estamos aprendiendo qué significa ser humano… hay preguntas que este mundo te hará… ese día diles: yo soy musulmana, soy de Alá, de los ángeles y de un sitio tan antiguo como el tiempo. Yo hablo español, árabe y sueños.

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Imaginemos por un momento, todavía con los ojos cerrados, que papá también nos da la llave de nuestra ascendencia familiar, digna de respeto y admiración como todas aquellas que confluyen en este mundo que compartimos. Y nos hace ver que detrás de esa ascendencia familiar y sentimiento de orgullo y pertenencia a la misma, está mamá y los abuelos, que a su vez tendrían a sus mamás y papás y abuelos y abuelas. Y de esa bella destilación humana provenimos nosotros, que debemos ser la mejor versión posible; una de la que nuestros ancestros puedan estar orgullosos también, cerrando el círculo en un abrazo familiar.

Yo soy Muslim viene a compartir el orgullo de un padre por lo que representa su hija, un cruce de culturas en el que Alá, la lengua española y actitudes forjadas con perseverancia, respeto e integridad, han hecho posible y merecedor de la más alta estima el camino recorrido. Un padre que anima a su hija a reír y a soñar de forma inocente, sin dejarse vencer por aquellos que no lo hacen.Book_Page_11 Gonzales afirma que el libro fue escrito antes de la era Trump, y sin embargo es totalmente pertinente en un ambiente de xenofobia creciente; porque fomenta el respeto por la diferencia. La periodista Tasbeeh Herwees, de la publicación Good Education, lo califica como una auténtica defensa identitaria. Porque ser uno mismo manteniendo una firme sonrisa, en un ambiente ciertamente crispado por la intolerancia de unos pocos, se torna indispensable y un acto de resistencia de máxima valía. Hagamos caso a esta sugestiva fábula y abracemos, por encima de todo, una personalidad propia y no exenta de diálogo con los demás. Seamos uno y todos a la vez.

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Simon & Schuster, el publicista, describe a su autor Mark Gonzales como un padre futurista y uno de los narradores de historias más innovadores de nuestro tiempo. Su portafolio abarca 20 países e incluye apariciones en TED Talks, HBO, la Universidad de Stanford y las Naciones Unidas. Yo Soy Muslim es su primera aventura en la literatura infantil. Actualmente el autor trabaja entre California y el norte de África.

Para conocer más acerca de este libro, incluyendo las ilustraciones de Mehrdokht Amini, visitar  las siguientes páginas web:

Recursos educativos relacionados con la diversidad e integración del mundo musulmán:

  • Rethinking School’s Rethinking Islamaphobia: poderoso artículo y plan lectivo de un educador musulmán y un desarrollador de currículo que cuestiona hasta qué punto la educación religiosa es efectiva para combatir la intolerancia arraigada en los EEUU. Este recurso puede ir ligado a What Is Islam?, un artículo que recopila nociones básicas sobre el islam y el mundo musulmán.
  • PBS LearningMedia: el islam en América, un plan lectivo que anima a los estudiantes a explorar la diversidad religiosa y cultural dentro del islam.
  • Teaching Tolerance: Debunking Stereotypes About Muslims and Islam: actividad que busca derribar estereotipos sobre el islam.

 

¡Espero que te haya gustado la recomendación de hoy!

Sigue atento a nuestra serie del mes.

Santi

 

October 27h | Week in Review

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¡Hola a todos! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and enjoys this week’s resources.

La Bloga posted a new book spotlight: “Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life” by Alberto Ledesma. “In this hybrid memoir, Alberto Ledesma wonders, ‘At what point does a long-time undocumented immigrant become an American in the making?’”

– Our American Indians in Children’s Literature friends still do not recommend: The Secret Project by Jonah and Jeanette Winter. Some people suggested that the original evaluation of the book was not clear and short so they went back to do an in-depth analysis, at which point they still expressed strong reservations.

— Also, Beacon Broadside shared a Q & A with editor Jennifer Browdy – a Latin American and Caribbean professor at Simon’s Rock College in Massachusetts. She speaks about her involvement in the book Women in Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and Caribbean, offering a behind-the-scenes take on what inspired it and why it’s important.

–Check out why the blog De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children recommends the short story collection, Cuentos de SanTana/SanTana’s Fairy Tales, is recommended.

Children’s Book Council posted the latest Q & A with Author Anna-Marie McLemore and her latest book Wild Beauty. “Writing inclusive stories was a matter of letting the truth I already know have a place in my work.”

– Lastly, from America Reads Spanish, check out the upcoming release (31st of this October) of the book Las Aventuras de Batgirl en Super Hero High by Lisa Yee. In this book, award-winning author Yee follows DC comics’ female superheroes and villains, creating mystery, thrills, and laughs for her readers.

Abrazos,
Alin Badillo


Image: Teotihuacan Aztec Ruins, Mexico City. Reprinted from Flickr user Chrisinphylly5448 under CC©.

April 28th | Week in Review

2017-04-28-01.png¡Hola a todos! This is my last post of the school semester. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to look at sources I have shared through this blog. I am always pleased to share them with you and hopeful that they may be of use to you.

– You might only think of tortillas when you think of Mexico, but the country’s culinary repertoire goes far beyond that – in part because of the overlapping indigenous, Spanish, and French influences. The next time you’re using food as an introduction to Mexican culture, you might want to read this Illustrated Guide to Mexico’s Delicious Breads. The article discusses how bread was made more palatable with “the addition of indigenous ingredients, like corn, piloncillo, and chocolate. And then when the French began arriving to Mexico, they introduced European baking techniques, which have had long-lasting effects in the Latin American country.”

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November 11th | Week in Review

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Hola a todos! This Week in Review is quite long, but I assure you it is full of resources and knowledge that needs to be shared.

ColorLines shared a recent snippet from the show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, inviting readers to “Watch John Oliver Break Down How School Resegregation Hurts Students.” “Black and Latino children are more likely to attend school with inexperienced teachers who are then less likely to offer a college prep curriculum… [and are] 6 times as likely to be in poverty schools.”

— Lee & Low’s blog, The Open Book, shared a post on “Books as Bricks: Building a Diverse Classroom Library and Beyond,” which offers a list of recommendations for teachers looking to diversify their class and school libraries.

– The Horn Book published an article on “Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color” by Sarah Hannah Gómez, in which she writes: “Omitting nonwhites from episodic historical fiction and the everyday history that informs our lives today says that the only contribution by people of color to society is conflict. Deleting them from the continuous line of history is a lie that perpetuates this insidious myth. And middle-grade historical fiction has a long way to go to acknowledge this betrayal to readers and attempt to overcome it.”

— The blog, Reading While White, shared a guest post with one of our favorite authors, Yuyi Morales, who discusses “Day of the Dead, Ghosts, and the Work We Do as Writers and Artists.” Morales offers a beautiful discussion of her personal practices related to Día de los Muertos and the implications of its distortion in the general media and children’s books.

– The Facebook page Raising Race Conscious Children shared the article,
Telling Poor, Smart Kids That All It Takes Is Hard Work to Be as Successful as Their Wealthy Peers is a Blatant Lie,” which explores how these students face systemic disadvantages even though they work hard.

— Also, Fundación Cuatrogatos recommends the book Corre que te pillo. Juegos y juguetes, which pulls together 27 games and toys that have existed since the early century in Latin America and other regions around the world

The Zinn Education Project just shared The #NoDAPL syllabus for high school and adults. This resource contextualizes how the current resistance in North Dakota is tied to a “broader historical, political, economic, and social context going back over 500 years to the first expeditions of Columbus” and features the practices of “Indigenous peoples around the world [who] have been on the frontlines of conflicts like Standing Rock for centuries.” “

— From We Need Diverse Books, we learned of the recent article, “The Case of the Missing Books/ 10 Years of Data,” written by children’s book author and artist Maya Gonzalez to highlight the lack of diversity in children’s literature over the last decade.d. “The graph below shows the children’s books that were missing by POC and Indigenous people in the children’s book industry over the last 10 years.”

Lee & Low Books just released Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris. The story is about a Mayan young girl named Ixchel and her quest to create a beautiful weaving from unusual materials.

— Lastly, Teaching Tolerance shared What We’re Reading This Week: November 4, a list of resources for critical and conscientious teaching in middle and high school classrooms.

Abrazos,
Alin Badillo


Image: Street Art. Reprinted from Flickr user ARNAUD_Z_VOYAGE under CC©.

En la Clase: Two Writing Teachers

As so many of our teacher readers are starting back to school in the next few weeks, I thought it was an appropriate time to highlight a really great blog I’ve only recently learned about: Two Writing Teachers written by Ruth Ayres and Stacy Shubitz.  I’ve reblogged one of their earlier posts, but I thought some of their recent entries were so helpful that I wanted to include them here as an “En la Clase” post.

Here at Vamos a Leer, our focus is teaching both Latin America and literacy.  Our Book Reviews, Educator’s Guides, and ¡Mira, Look! posts all focus on books (with the hopes of encouraging reading) that engage with Latin American content.  We haven’t posted quite as much about writing, an equally important part of literacy.  As many teachers know, writing can be a difficult subject to teach.  Writing isn’t always intuitive to our students, or even us for that matter.  As someone who loves to write, I was surprised when it was one of the hardest things for me to figure out how to communicate to my students during my first year teaching.  Writing is an art–so how do we teach it? I’ve heard many teachers say, “I’m not a good writer, so I don’t even try and teach my students.” It always hurts when I hear that.

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