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Abbie Ventura teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature. Her research specializations include visual literacies, bilingual picture books and Latino studies, and the economics of childhood and adolescence. She has published on issues of social activism and the role of the youth voice and is currently working on a manuscript that explores how post- World War II economic practices have shaped the genre of children's and adolescent literature nationally and internationally. Her other interests include consumerism and the politics of childhood, as well as the aesthetics of twenty-first century picture books and the Caldecott medaling system.