Who writes a story matters. Texts are not neutral. The racial identities of creators impact the stories they create. Sonja describes two essential factors that guided her writing in Stamped (For Kids), and they are critical for young readers. She addresses the importance of young people having access to books where they’re able to read for truth—the both painful and celebratory history of the United States. And she provides insights on the importance of young people accessing books where they’re able to read for affirmation—where the humanity of people, specifically those who have been oppressed, is affirmed.
DR. SONJA CHERRY-PAUL is the New York Times best-selling author of Stamped (For Kids). She is an educator, author, and the co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy. Sonja is the Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University and the host of The Black Creators Series. She develops curricula that centers the work of racial literacy and culturally-relevant teaching in K-12 schools. Sonja leads presentations at educational conferences and works with educators around the world, providing professional development on antiracist reading and writing instruction.
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