Every child, parent, teacher, caretaker, and guardian should know that, "A Different Childhood IS Possible (Lark Sontag)".
"What Every Child Should Know", written by Lark Sontag and illustrated by Danae Silva Montiel, is a radical children's book that serves as a roadmap to teaching children about policy in real-time.
In this special video, join Lark Sontag for a book reading and get to know the illustrator behind the book, Danae Silva Montiel, as they chat across Turtle Island about the book and more...
Lark Sontag is a Children's book author and anti-capitalist Child development theorist, as well as an independent scholar and theorist focusing on the topics of Childhood, economics, race, and family.
For over ten years, Sontag has worked with school districts, colleges, and universities to support them on their paths to develop a liberating curriculum for classrooms and beginning teacher programs. Her independent research focus is young Black Childhood within the African Diaspora in the Global North and South. In addition to the work and research of Dumas, Matias, Freire, Crenshaw, Love, Lee, and Baker-Bell (and countless others) the last line in her manifesto "Another Childhood is Possible" guides Sontag's work, which she explains:
“The point of Childhood is not to create future exploited workers, the point of Childhood is to be a Child.”
Sontag has a BA in philosophy from Mount St Mary’s University and a MA in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Pacific Oaks College. For more information please visit her newsletter, here.
Danae Silva Montiel is a Mexican illustrator who enjoys moving around and sharing her life with different people, humans and nonhumans, alike.
Danae has enjoyed drawing since she was young and focused her studies in Architecture (ITESM, Mexico), Graphic Design (UP, Argentina) and Illustration (Eina, Spain).
Danae is an accomplished independent artist whose work has been featured world-wide and whose intersectional feminist activism has inspired people across Mexico to hold institutions that justify injustice against women and beyond accountable.
Danae is the lead designer working with Sanctuary Publishers since its opening in 2017. Danae is responsible for the majority of covers - created from her own art or that of others, as well as social media content design.