A Conversation with Debbie Reese

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Dr. Debbie Reese talks to us about Native Nations, folk tales, untold histories, and knowing ourselves. Debbie is known for her studies of depictions of Native content in children's and young adult texts. Dr. Reese is tribally enrolled at Nambé Owingeh, a sovereign Native Nation in the southwest. She is a former school teacher and former assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2006 she launched the website American Indians in Children's Literature to provide open access to her research. Her work has won numerous awards and distinctions from the American Library Association and critical reviewers of literature such as Kirkus Review and School Library Journal. In 2019, Dr. Reese co-authored An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People with Jean Mendoza. You can find Debbe online at americanindiansinchildrensliterature.net and on Twitter @debreese.


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