Kid lit superstar Raina Telgemeier is in some hot water for her depiction of California missions and Día de los Muertos in her graphic novel Ghosts. What will kids learn about Día de los Muertos and California missions from this book? According to some critics, they'll get whitewashed versions of both.
In order to gain a better understanding of history and Mexican culture, young readers may want to check out some informative books about Día De Los Muertos and California Missions along with Ghosts.
This may also be a great opportunity to seek out children's books by authors who are writing from their own cultural experiences. I've created a list of #OwnVoices middle grade fiction that will point you to some great books to try.