What seems most powerful about this article, was the fact that de la Peña didn't realize that the stories he was writing COULD even get published. He never felt represented in books, until he read Junot Diaz's "Drown".
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What else are we robbing our children from accomplishing by not having a reflective body of children's literature? How will we change the deleterious effect these publishing practices have on our youth?
I hope that this conversation will continue to be pushed forward. This is an issue that should not be a "fad". We currently have press supporting the discussion, but sometimes I worry once the issue leaves our society's very myopic view, where will we be? Where would Matt de la Peña's books be if he hadn't found Junot Diaz? My library would be short some great and representative reads...