Beck and Stevenson publish article in “The Reading Teacher”

Scott Beck, Ph.D.

Alma Stevenson, Ph.D.

Scott Beck, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, and Alma Stevenson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, published “Teaching Contentious Books Regarding Immigration: The Case of Pancho Rabbit” in The Reading Teacher this month. The article was a part of the inaugural publication of the “Teaching Bi/Multilingual Learners” section of the journal. Beck and Stevenson focuses on Duncan Tonatiuh’s 2013 children’s picture storybook Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, which won multiple awards but received criticism from anti-immigrant critics. The article pushes back against criticism by placing the book in the context of other tales for young people and immigrant children’s own life experiences. Beck and Stevenson’s study demonstrates how thoughtful teachers of multilingual learners can defend culturally sustaining books and use them to benefit all students.

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