What does representing other cultures in children’s literature entail? After a (long) summer break (sorry!), we are back to discuss this important question, and not on our own! Our special co-host for this anniversary episode of Kid You Not is…
Sita Brahmachari. Yes, the amazing children’s author of Artichoke Hearts and Jasmine Skies, that we keep telling you about. We met her. For real. And recorded an episode with her (and her puppy Ringo, if you’re wondering what that noise in the background is).
And listen to Sita tell us more about what she thinks of the complex question of multiculturalism in children’s books. In particular:
- When dealing with mixed heritage and the encounters of different cultures, is it better to normalise or to problematise?
- Can you write about a culture you don’t know?
- How do young readers react to stories that stage the clashes and/or fusion of different cultural backgrounds?
Any comments, questions, requests? As always, post them here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ! You can also follow us on twitter @kidyounotpod.
And here are the (brilliantly designed) covers of Sita’s books, which you should read if you haven’t already. We might be a little bit obsessed with them; just a little.
Lauren & Clementine x
P.S. In case you’re wondering, Episode 11 is coming… next time. Yeah. Don’t ask.