Daniel Goldin

Mexico
Born in Mexico City in 1958, Goldin is one of the pillars of promoting children's literature in Mexico. He created and directed the books project for children and young people for the publisher, Fondo de Cultura Económica, promoting books for a sector that at the time was left behind. Goldin opted for the publication of children’s books "because I like the subject that is forming and I think that it’s a worthwhile form of political work, and not just for that one subject but what you can contribute with those books in the family environment. There are many things that happen with parents when reading with children or when they read children's books alone. Most parents did not have these books in childhood, and suddenly they receive them with gratitude, and so I am interested in promoting this space. Childhood is something to also be conquered for many adults." Goldin directed “Espacios para la lectura” (Spaces for Reading) and the “Red de Animación a la Lectura” (Reading Promotion Network). In 2004 he founded Abrapalabra Publishers, the publishing subsidiary of Serres and worked for Oceans Press as the one responsible for the collection of children’s books and texts that explore the formation of readers. In 2006, he advised the National Reading Survey (CONACULTA), a job that concluded with the book, Lecturas sobre la Encuesta Nacional de Lectura (Readings on the National Reading Survey) (CNCA, 2006) He has worked in international journals and is the author of books such as Los días y los libros, divagaciones en torno a la hospitalidad de la lectura (Days and Books, Ramblings About the Hospitality of Reading) (Paidós, 2006), Al otro lado de la página, imágenes de la lectura en México (The Other Side of the Page, Images of Reading in Mexico) (Santillana, 2008) and Las TIC en la escuela. Nuevas herramientas para viejos y nuevos problemas (The TIC in School. New Tools for Old and New Problems) (Oceano, 2012.). He is currently the director of the José Vasconcelos Library. As the son of parents who were librarians, he was in perpetual contact with books. He is also the author of children’s books, and says that, "There are many narratives, in addition to the literary or artistic ones. In the constitution of subjectivity, the most important elements are oral in which the child is involved, for example, by telling them things that have happened and in which they are involved, to inviting them to participate in these activities, to making them complicit even if it is hearing of what happens to others in their immediate or distant environment. And of course, besides that, there are cultural narratives, stories, movies, that allow them to distance themself from their environment and to access a symbolic dimension that makes them more of an inhabitant in their own circumstance."