Stories Of Immigrants Told Through Children's Books with Duncan Tonatiuh - Author & Illustrator, EP #131

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One of the powerful results of elevating Latin voices in the U.S. is discovering the artists and storytellers who are crossing traditional boundaries and making new kinds of art for the next generation to learn from.

Duncan Tonatiuh is an award-winning author-illustrator. He is both Mexican and American. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and graduated from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City. His artwork is inspired by Pre-Columbian art, particularly that of the Mixtec codices. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past, but that are relevant to people, especially children, nowadays.

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in...

  • What lead Duncan to writing and illustrating books like Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote (2:27)
  • How the unique experiences of crossing the border help to teach empathy (8:41)
  • Why his books help to maintain passion in children (16:28)
  • How his book Separate is Never Equal has helped counter the message of segregation in the Latino community (25:10)
  • Why the book banning movement has affected the reach of his book (29:25)
  • How the structure of the Mexican family impacted migration (35:31)
  • Why migrants participating in American culture helps them to survive (43:27)


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