Hbook Podcast 1.21 - There Is a Tribe of Kids

Podcast the 21st in which Roger and Siân talk about Lane Smith's There Is a Tribe of Kids, Siân actually considers the idea of a library not carrying the Harry Potter books, and Roger expresses a strong opinion about vampirism.

Books we talk about
Lane Smith, There Is a Tribe of Kids and It's a Book
Antoinette Portis, Wait
Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day
Lois Lowry, The Giver
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter series
Ruth Alexander, Changing Bodies, Changing Lives
Stephenie Meyer, Twilight
Madonna, Sex

People we talk about
William Blake
Megan Schliesman
Sam Bloom
Ann Coulter

Things we talk about
Ghostbusters (go see it!)
Junior Library Guild

Read Roger on Tribe
Hbook review of Tribe
Sam Bloom on Tribe (RWW)
Roxanne Feldman on Tribe
Rosanne Parry on Tribe
Debbie Reese on Tribe
Challenging Accusations of Censorship

I (Siân) asked about how JLG deals with books a librarian might not want and Roger explained that people can return books, no questions asked (JLG is a super cool service). Chas Turner, the awesome Warehouse Manager for JLG, listened to the podcast and emailed me saying that people will sometimes include feedback in or on the book they're returning.

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My favorite tidbit was this, though: the most returns they've ever gotten on a book was about 10 years ago on The Human Alphabet. I'm gonna be honest: even that cover is making me snicker...
Siân Gaetano
Siân Gaetano
Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.
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Something I found missing in this podcast was a more in depth discussion as to why a book offending a Native American may be more heavily weighted than a book offending a evangelical christian. Native American stereotypes were used to dehumanize indigenous people and therefore justify genocide. This continued stereotyping in childrens books is hurtful to indigenous children and somewhat indoctrinating to non-indigenous children. It's not simply "offensive" as say Harry Potter might be to christians. I think it would help in these conversations to mention the serious historical background that are the basis of many objections to books for children. I am a white mother who has to constantly stop reading books both modern and old to explain why an image or word use is problematic...I can't imagine what it must feel like for a POC.

Posted : Jul 27, 2016 01:08

Siân Gaetano

Really good points, Amy. Thank you. After recording, I kept thinking about Harry Potter in its new context, with the history of magic in North America building on these same stereotypes. I can't even begin to imagine what it must feel like to be a Native American of my age, seeing something beloved build on offensive, dehumanizing tropes. Thanks for adding to the conversation!

Posted : Jul 27, 2016 01:08


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