I highly recommend viewing Debbie Reese’s Arbuthnot’s lecture “An Indigenous Critique of Whiteness in Children’s Literature.” You will learn, think, and consider. I have known Debbie for decades and she has pushed my thinking in uncountable ways. The lecture was live-streamed and archived here.
Dr. Debbie Reese is a critic and scholar whose research and writings on representation of Indigenous people in children’s and young adult literature have informed the work of librarians and teachers and other scholars across the country. Her work, including on her American Indians in Children’s Literature web site and blog, is an essential resource for practitioners today. She was selected to deliver the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture in Madison, Wisconsin.
This lecture, An Indigenous Critique of Whiteness in Children’s Literature, is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, the UW-Madison School of Education, the UW-Madison Information School, the Friends of the CCBC, and the Ho-Chunk Nation.