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Immigration and Children’s Literature: The Role of Heritage in Storytelling

The Young Readers Center and the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress will hold a Symposium to explore the contribution of diverse cultural experiences to literature for children and youth — moderated by award-winning author and Cuban American, Meg Medina.


  • Author/educator René Colato Laínez, who came to America at age 14 from El Salvador
  • Author Aisha Saeed, whose parents emigrated from Pakistan
  • Wendy Shang, author and former attorney, whose family is from China
  • Illustrator Elizabeth Zunon, who was born in Albany, N.Y. and spent her childhood in her family homeland in the Ivory Coast of West Africa. 

Book signing to follow the panel discussion.

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