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.