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I think diversity of voice is crucial in children's literature. Authors, illustrators and publishers must take a purposeful approach to interrupting all kinds of stereotypes. This is easier said than done and of course cannot be accomplished in one book alone. As a member of a faith community sometimes it's challenging to find books that depict the North American Muslim experiences in a way that do not create a further divide between "them" and "us". Especially books for children and youth who are much better at integrating their multiple identities than adults are at times. As an author and educator I hope to find ways through mainstream and niche markets to bring those stories to life. Suzanne Muir
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