School of Education to Host 3rd Annual Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration

Join us for an evening with Charles Waters as the 2018 guest author for this year’s Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration.

The School of Education at Antioch University Seattle is proud to continue its annual “Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration.” The purpose of MCLC, now in its third year, is to support student access to literature by authors of color, especially literature that helps our communities act on social justice issues and content.

Last year we visited seven schools and donated 50 books by 2017 Caldecott and Coretta Scott King winner Javaka Steptoe. This year we are beyond excited to welcome Charles Waters as our 2018 guest author coming to Seattle January 22-26! Charles is a seasoned New York City-based performance poet whose coauthored  book, Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship, is racking up multiple starred reviews, including this Kirkus starred review. They call the book, “A brave and touching portrayal worthy of sharing in classrooms across America.”

Charles will visit ten schools in the Seattle, Tukwila, and Tacoma school districts, with two of those schools sponsored by the Education department at Antioch. Teacher candidates in our MAT program will participate at one of these locations in sharing multicultural literature, and we will once again donate dozens of books to under-resourced school libraries throughout the Puget Sound area.

Additionally, Charles is presenting two evening events for adults. On Tuesday, January 23 at 5pm Charles will present a private workshop for educators through the Washington Language Arts Council, an affiliate of the National Council for Teachers of English, on the Antioch campus. On Wednesday, January 24 Charles will present at a public event hosted by Town Hall Seattle at 7pm at the Northwest African American Museum

At Antioch we are committed to using “mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors” to promote a more just future for students. We hope you will join us in promoting some of the very best voices on social justice in children’s literature in our Seattle community by attending public events, hosting Charles at your school, or purchasing Charles’s book through MCLC. For more information please contact [email protected].

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