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Voices Matter: The Power of Diversity in Picture Books

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Mackin and the award-winning authors NoNieqa Ramos, Traci Sorell, and Kao Kalia Yang for a discussion with Carol Hinz, associate publisher of Carolrhoda Books and Millbrook Press, as they discuss how picture books have the power to affirm identities, build understanding with people unlike ourselves, challenge our misconceptions, and broaden our awareness of the world.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to Mackin.com for those who cannot participate in the live session.


Kia Heise, Ph.D. – Host, Mackin Learning

Kia Heise holds a doctorate in Sociology and taught in Los Angeles and the Twin Cities for several years before joining Mackin Learning. Her approach is informed by thousands of hours of learning how to navigate discussions of social inequality with diverse groups of young people. She is also the author of the Little Sock picture books.

Kao Kalia Yang Author • NoNieqa Ramos Author

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American writer, teacher, and public speaker. Yang holds degrees from Carleton College and Columbia University. Her work has won numerous awards and recognition including multiple Minnesota Book Awards, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, an ALA Notable Children’s Book Award, Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, and a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, her daughter, and twin sons. • NoNieqa Ramos is the author of “The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary”, a 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection and 2019 In the Margins Top Ten pick. Hip Latina included her sophomore book, “The Truth Is”, in the “10 of the Best Latinx Young Adult Books of 2019.” Remezcla also included “The Truth Is” in the “15 Best Books by Latino and Latin American Authors of 2019.” Her debut picture book, “Your Mama”, received a starred review from School Library Journal and she also has two new picture books for 2021 including “Beauty Woke” and “Hair Story”.

Traci Sorell Author • Carol Hinz Associate Publisher

Traci Sorell is the author of “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga”, which received a Sibert Honor, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) Honor, and an Orbis Pictus Honor. She also wrote “At the Mountain’s Base”, an AIYLA Honor book, and coauthored “Indian No More”, an AIYLA winner. She has penned poems for anthologies such as “Thanku: Poems of Gratitude” and “No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History”. Her latest picture book is “Classified”. Sorell is a Cherokee Nation citizen and lives in Oklahoma. • Carol Hinz is the associate publisher of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, divisions of Lerner Publishing Group. She’s passionate about picture books, poetry, and nonfiction for young people, and she enjoys working with authors and illustrators who explore innovative approaches in their storytelling and encourage readers to see the world in new ways. Outside of work, she enjoys ballet, baking, and reading to her two sons.


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September 22
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