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I. The sociological contexts of cultural authenticity. 1. The complexity of cultural authenticity in children's literature : why the debates really matter / Kathy G. Short and Dana L. Fox -- 2. Reframing the debate about cultural authenticity / Rudine Sims Bishop -- II. The perspectives of authors, illustrators, and editors on cultural authenticity. 3. Who can tell my story? / Jacqueline Woodson -- 4. "Around my table" is not always enough / W. Nikola-Lisa -- 5. Authentic enough : am I? are you? : interpreting culture for children's literature / Susan Guevara -- 6. The candle and the mirror : one author's journey as an outsider / Judi Moreillon -- 7. A mess of stories / Marc Aronson -- 8. To Stingo with love : an author's perspective on writing outside one's culture / Kathryn Lasky -- 9. Multiculturalism is not Halloween / Thelma Seto -- III. Political correctness and cultural authenticity. 10. Beyond political correctness / Hazel Rochman -- 11. The complexity of debates about multicultural literature and cultural authenticity / Violet J. Harris -- 12. "Authenticity," or the lesson of Little Tree / Henry Louis Gates Jr. -- 13. Multicultural literature and the politics of reaction / Joel Taxel -- IV. The perspectives of educators on cultural authenticity. 14. Can we fly across cultural gaps on the wings of imagination? : ethnicity, experience, and cultural authenticity / Mingshui Cai -- 15. Accuracy and authenticity in American Indian children's literature : the social responsibility of authors and illustrators / Elizabeth Noll -- 16. Accuracy is not enough : the role of cultural values in the authenticity of picture books / Weimin Mo and Wenju Shen -- 17. Artistic triumph or multicultural failure? : multiple perspectives on a "multicultural" award-winning book / Laura B. Smolkin and Joseph H. Suina -- 18. Images of West Africa in children's books : replacing old stereotypes with new ones? / Vivian Yenika-Agbaw -- 19. The use of Spanish in Latino children's literature in English : what makes for cultural authenticity? / Rosalinda B. Barrera and Ruth E. Quiroa -- V. Connecting cultural authenticity to the classroom. 20. Multiple definitions of multicultural literature : is the debate really just "ivory tower" bickering? / Mingshui Cai -- The trivialization and misuse of multicultural literature : issues of representation and communication / Zhihui Fang, Danling Fu, and Linda Leonard Lamme -- 22. "I'm not from Pakistan" : multicultural literature and the problem of representation / Curt Dudley-Marling.