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Coloring into Existence:

Queer of Color Worldmaking in Children's Literature

Published by NYU Press (Dec. 5, 2023)

Coloring into Existence: Queer of Color Worldmaking in Children’s Literature is a comparative and hemispheric study across Canada, the United States, and Mexico from 1990 to 2020. Fusing literary criticism and close readings with historical analysis and interviews, Coloring into Existence documents the emergence of a North American queer of color children’s literary archive, focusing on the creation, distribution, and potential impact of picture books by and about queer and trans of color authors. Isabel Millán engages LGBTQ+ picture books through the hermeneutic of autofantasía, a framework she develops throughout the book that usefully entangles fiction and nonfiction. 

Awards & Recognitions:

2024 NACCS Chicana Caucus “Catrióna Rueda Esquibel” Publication/Creative Works Award

2024 Lambda Literary’s “December’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature” List

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