Frances Henne Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant

About the Frances Henne Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant
Recognizes a school library media specialist with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators, to attend an AASL conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time. Applicants must be AASL personal members.

Administered by:

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2017 Winner(s)

Sarah Evans

Doctoral candidate at the University of Washington in Learning Sciences and Human Development

As the demand for culturally diverse children’s literature grows, so will the need to analyze books according to how authentically the representations are portrayed. Evans’ research not only works to address this issue, but also introduces and involves young adults in this analysis. Working with a local teen library council, Evans will ask teens to critically review picture books that match one, if not more, of the teen’s identities. After, the teens will meet and discuss their findings.