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Gender nonconforming people, Maya Christina Gonzalez -- Criticism and interpretation, American children's literature -- Mexican American authors, Feminism


Through an equity-minded model, this essay addresses the work of Maya Christina Gonzalez and the new visions of gender she offers in children’s literature with My Colors, My World (2007). This essay frames the presence of Chicana/Latina feminist non-conforming perspectives on gender as chillante aesthetics and analyzes Gonzalez’s advancement of Latinx and LGBTQ+ standpoints in the following texts Call Me Tree/Llámale árbol (2014), I Am Free to Be Me: Gender Now Activity Book (2011) and Claiming Face: Self-empowerment Through Self-Portraiture: An Educator's Guide to Building the Powerful Link between Creativity and a Sense of Self (2010).


Originally appeared in The Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingûe, Volume 33, number 4, published by the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Education and human Develiopment. May be found at

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