Mario Goes to the Museum
Besides being beautifully illustrated, “Mario Goes to the Museum’ serves to begin powerful conversations between children and the adults who read to them. Author Rebecca Dupas offers a question guide to push readers to think critically about Mario’s experiences and the lessons we can all learn from Mario's trip to the museum. While exploring, Mario finds a heightened sense of pride. Rebecca’s goal is to help all children feel like they too are “precious items”.
Rebecca describes Mario’s character as a pleasant surprise. Shortly after completing her doctoral program, she began to write creatively again. “Mario Goes to the Museum“ emerged as a perfect blend of her passions. His fictional experience pulls from her role as a former classroom teacher, museum educator, and researcher of diversity training and education.
“I wanted to tell the story of a young boy who visits a museum for the first time and to highlight that museums are wonderful but often intimidating places for children and specifically for children of color. At the same time, it was important for me to create a narrative about a beautiful bond between a father and son while addressing Mario's exposure to African history and American Slavery. The story is layered just as I hope the conversations around it will be.” - Rebecca Dupas