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American Indians in Children’s Literature chose Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich for Best Books Published in 2019!

“A primary purpose of American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) is to help you know who Native people are. That knowledge can help you understand why Native people object to being misrepresented. Though we are certain that no author ever sets out to deliberately misrepresent Native people, it happens over and over again. Information is the only way to counter those misrepresentations. On American Indians in Children’s Literature, we publish analyses of children’s books, lesson plans, films, and other items related to the topic of American Indians and/or how this topic is taught in school.”  —Debbie Reese American Indians in Children’s Literature.

Soon after Fighter was released, Debbie Reese “Highly Recommended” it on her blog post American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL).

A few months later it was listed on her blog again in collaboration with the American Indian Library Association as Best Books Published in 2019 for High School. This organization has a high bar. I couldn’t be more pleased. Special thanks again to Roy Peratrovich Jr., my collaborator, for all of his work. Couldn’t have done it without him.

Established in 2006 by Dr. Debbie Reese of Nambé Pueblo, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical analysis of Indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books. Dr. Jean Mendoza is a co-editor at AICL.

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