Dear Asian Americans

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Meet Sarah Park Dahlen, Associate Professor of Library and Information Sciences at St. Catherine University in Minnesota and one of the biggest advocates for diversity in children's literature. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature. We talk about her growing up in Cerritos, what caused her to change her academic focus while at UCLA, and why studying and highlighting stories of transracial adoptees and diversity in children's book matter so much to her.

Show Notes

Meet Sarah Park Dahlen!

We celebrate her successes both academically and professionally and her work to ensure there is much needed diversity in children's literature.

We support her work to amplify Asian American authors as they create work that features characters and storylines that we can all resonate with.

We are inspired by her commitment to help teach our next generation of librarians the need to share diverse books and to make her life's work about elevating Asian American works of literature.


About Sarah
Sarah Park Dahlen is an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches courses on youth materials and library services, storytelling, and library science. Her research addresses transracially adopted Koreans in children’s literature, the information behaviors of adopted Koreans, and diversity in children’s literature and library education. She co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature with Gabrielle Atwood Halko, co-edited Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading with Jamie Campbell Naidoo, and co-edited the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly’s Special Issue on Orphanhood and Adoption in Children’s Literature with Lies Wesseling. Her next book projects address race in the wizarding world with Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and Asian American youth literature with Paul Lai. Sarah served on the Children’s Book Council’s selection committee for the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In 2016, she was awarded the University of Illinois iSchool Leadership Award. @readingspark

Photo Credit: Sarah Whiting of the MN Women's Press

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