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Roselle Public Library District

Telling A People's Story

Telling A People's Story: African-American Children's Illustrated Literature
For the first time, African-American children's illustrated literature is the focus of an exhibition featuring art produced for book illustrations. This presentation of the genre offers a lens into the cultural, historical, and social makeup of African-American cultural identity, while also shedding light on the long neglected world of African-American authors and illustrators in the pantheon of children's literature. Telling A People's Story addresses:

  • The presentation of African-American identity and history in a creative, educational and respectful manner.
  • The raising of greater awareness for the role African-American illustrators and authors play in the development and growth of the field of children's literature.
  • The topic of social justice throughout African-American history.
  • The need for awareness to the challenges African-American children's book authors and illustrators face in a field lacking sufficient representation of minorities.
  • The importance of appreciating the culture and history of a people who are deeply rooted in the American story.
Roselle Public Library is proud to host this panel exhibition. This traveling exhibition includes imagery from works originally displayed in the 2018 museum exhibition at the Miami University Art Museum. Twelve panels are installed throughout the Roselle Public Library. Enjoy viewing this informative installation during your next visit!

A Recommended Reading List is available for download. All books included in this list are available for checkout to Roselle Public Library District cardholders.
For further information about this exhibit, including lists of featured books and illustrators, visit the Telling a People's Story website.

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