New Blog Alert (and I do not DO new blog alerts normally)
I mention all this in preface to the fact that until now I was unaware of the remarkably well-written blog Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature. There are plenty of blogs out there that focus on a single topic in literature for young people, but not all them contain the sheer levels of time and attention that Sharon Pajka-West, Ph.D has poured into this site. Here’s what she says about the blog:
Acquiring fictional books that include deaf characters can be time-consuming and challenging for teachers and librarians. The research examining deaf characters in fiction is extremely limited and most of the recent articles focus on children’s literature– specifically picture books. I hope this Blog assists teachers in recommending books with characters with whom our students can relate. I also hope this Blog assists in recommending books with multiple realities of the D/deaf human experience. While my primary focus is adolescent and Young Adult chapter books, I will add information about children’s literature and adult ‘cross-over’ texts from time to time.
Sharon’s other posts also bear watching. There’s an interview with David Mack, the creator of the deaf graphic novel character Echo (shown here):
There are reviews, looks at new titles, and even a posting on International Children’s Books with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Characters.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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