Representing Death in Children’s Literature: Border Crossings

  • Maria José Botelho
  • Marsha Jing-Ji Liaw
Keywords: review, death, borders


Review of:

Dekko, Espen. Paws and Edward. Illustrated by Mari Kanstad Johnsen, Kids Can, 2019.

James, Matt. The Funeral. Groundwood Books, 2018.

Quan, Betty. Grandmother's Visit. Illustrated by Carmen Mok, Groundwood Books, 2018.

Young, Cheyanne. The Last Wish of Sasha Cade. Kids Can, 2018.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2019.0026

Author Biographies

Maria José Botelho

Dr. Maria José Botelho is Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Maria José is interested in how school literacy practices can be reimagined to affirm students’ cultural/linguistic knowledge and offer tools for cultural production and social participation. She is the lead author of Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children’s Literature: Mirrors, Windows, and Doors, a scholarly text that reconsiders multicultural children’s literature.

Marsha Jing-Ji Liaw

Dr. Marsha Jing-Ji Liaw is Curriculum Director at a Chinese-immersion school in New England. Her research and educational leadership work centres on critical biliteracies—how children develop criticality in two language systems, and how knowing multiple languages can contribute to children being critical. Her other interests include literacy education, second-language writing, multiliteracies, and ethnographic methodology. She earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

How to Cite
Botelho, M. J., & Liaw, M. J.-J. (2020). Representing Death in Children’s Literature: Border Crossings. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 11(2), 274-284. Retrieved from