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Jongsun Wee teaches language arts and children’s literature classes at Winona State University in Minnesota. Her research interests include multicultural children’s literature, literature discussion, and teacher education. Detra Price-Dennis’s teaching and research investigates culturally sustaining approaches to 21st century teacher education and issues related to social justice and equity in children's and young adult literature. She teaches at Teacher’s College, New York.


"Listening to these students’ responses to multicultural literature, we learned that small group literature discussions can be places for critical literacy."