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About Us


About Us


Xóchitl Justice Press creates diverse and educationally sound, non-fiction children’s books to support the intellectual, affective, aesthetic, and social development of the whole child. Our press promotes a just and equitable society through publishing, community partnerships, education, and research.

  • Publishing. We work with authors to write and present books that are non-fiction, represent non- dominant cultures and narratives, are educationally sound, and appropriate to young children (birth through first grade). Access to such texts allows readers to see lives that are familiar to them, to re-imagine future possibilities, and to acquire language and literacy skills.

  • Community Partnerships. We partner with communities to foster the love of reading and writing, effective teaching in urban schools, to harness community members’ assets, and to reflect on, and refine the pedagogical relevance of our books.

  • Education. We provide teachers with the opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills related to the teaching of reading and writing in the context of urban education. In addition, we provide opportunities for second- through eighth-grade authors to write non-fiction books for younger children.

  • Research. Through our research, we contribute to deeper understandings of reading identity, reading engagement, and the teaching and learning of literacy in a diverse society.

Our Team

Executive Directors and Founders

Nicola McClung , Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Learning and Instruction, University of San Francisco, was a teacher in San Francisco public schools for eight years prior to receiving her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on illuminating various factors in the environment that mitigate or exacerbate reading difficulties. She is particularly interested in challenging the pervasive view in education that learning difficulties are caused by "problems in children" and, instead, advocates addressing the issue of instructional opportunity.

Arturo Cortéz, Adjunct Professor, Teacher Education, University of San Francisco, is a doctoral candidate in Policy, Evaluation, Measurement, and Evaluation at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests broadly explore the connections between educational policies and their impact on teacher-student relationships. His current work is an examination of how students’ perceptions of teaching and learning can be leveraged to inform teacher practice. Before coming to USF, Arturo was an educator for several years in Bay Area and New York City public schools. He is also interested in translating theory into practice, especially in his work with pre-service teachers. He is currently Senior Editor at the Berkeley Review of Education. 

Advisory Board

Diana Arya, University of California, Santa Barbara

Miriam Desmukes, Prince Hall Computer Learning Center

Leah Elamin, Designer

José Ramón Lizárraga, University of California, Berkeley

Helen Maniates, University of San Francisco

Andy Maul, University of California, Santa Barbara

P. David Pearson, University of California, Berkeley

Marcia K. Russell, Bellevue Union School District

Laura Sterponi, University of California, Berkeley

Suzannah Weening, Photographer

Emily A. Nusbaum, University of San Francisco

Contact XJP at xochitljustice@gmail.com.

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XJP in the Press


XJP in the Press


Co-Founders Nicola McClung and Arturo Cortéz receive the prestigious UC Berkeley Yamashita Prize

Co-Founders Nicola McClung and Arturo Cortéz receive the prestigious UC Berkeley Yamashita Prize

COMING SOON! Activist Leroy Moore's new children's book. 

COMING SOON! Activist Leroy Moore's new children's book.