Children’s Critical Media Literacy

Editor: Roxanne Henkin 

Call for Reviews

This column highlights the amazing and important children’s books that have been published in the last few years. These are the books that focus on critical media issues that inform us, tell us the truth, help us to question the inequities in the world, and inspire us to work for equity and justice. These books offer Latino/a, Black, Asian, Anglo, and indigenous voices that reflect the cultural, linguistic, historic, ethnic, gender, (and more) perspectives that are essential to academics, teachers, and global citizens. These books advocate for all students, teachers and people including underrepresented populations, dual language learners, students living in poverty, students with disabilities and LGBTQ and bullied youth. Some of these books are multi-genre and push the boundaries of traditional books. All these books need to be in classrooms and in children’s hands. As the book bans increase in the US and other parts of the world, it is even more important for us to read these books and become advocates for them. These books honor the literacies and languages of all our students, in all their diverse and multi-faceted expressions and creations, every day and in every way. We look forward to hearing from you about the reviews on the books, how you might use them, and future book recommendations.

Dialogue is looking for experienced academics or teachers to review new critical media literacy children’s books. We are actively seeking reviews for the following books:

  1. Why Fathers Cry at Night by Kwame Alexander
  2. The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
  3. Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson
  4. Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatiz Arango
  5. Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
  6. “Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement” by Angela Joy
  7. “Ain’t Burned All the Bright” by Jason Reynolds
  8. Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi
  9. The Talk by Alicia D. Williams
  10. Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes
  11. Love Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild
  12. Abuela, Don’t Forget Me by Rex Ogle
  13. When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb
  14. Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora
  15. Audiobook: Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds
  16. Audiobook: The Honeys by Ryan La Sala
  17. The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
  18. Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild
  19. The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin
  20. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Guidelines for Review-short articles reviewing critical media children’s media including, books, graphic novels, audio and video books, etc.

  • MLA or APA Format
  • Length: 1,200-1,800 words (inclusive of endnotes and citations)
  • Editorial Review-To be considered for online first publication

Contact or to coordinate writing a review for the journal.

 Published online February 2023