Understanding Diversity Through Novels and Picture Books

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Libraries Unlimited, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 149 pages
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Understanding Diversity Through Novels and Picture Books goes beyond the usual multicultural lists and looks at the wide expanse of the diversity of cultures and lifestyles impacting children's lives in America today and identifies good books to have in library collections for them to read. Included are annotated titles with discussion questions from all of the identified cultures and subcultures and annotated teacher/librarian resources, print- and Web-based, as well as an excellent list of topical annotated journal articles. Grades 4-8.

Knowles and Smith examine current research on diversity and multiculturalism. They move away from the traditional aspects of multicultural education (food, fashion, folktales, festivals, and famous people) to a focus on novels and pictures books, and realistic fiction to show children with diversity issues that there are others in similar positions. The issue of authenticity (whether the author of the book should be of that culture or merely familiar with the culture) is discussed. Topics include: Ethnicities (Asian, Latino/Hispanic, African/Black, Native American, White/European, Bi/Multiracial), Exceptionalities, Ageism, Socioeconomic Status, Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Religion. The authors provide this valuable resource for libraries, schools, and communities that wish to utilize literature to help diverse students walk in the shoes of others and to match books to children and young adults to heighten understanding and acceptance. Grades 4-8.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Research
3
Authenticity
7
AfricanBlack
9
Asians
21
BiracialMultiracial
33
Latino Latin AmericaHispanic Spanish
39
Middle East
49
Exceptionalities
89
Gender
97
Sexual Orientation
103
Socioeconomic Status
109
Religion
115
Works Cited
121
References
123
Magazines
129

Native AmericanFirst NationNorth American Indigenous
63
WhiteEuropean
73
Ageism
81
Author Index
133
Title Index
141
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About the author (2007)

Elizabeth (Liz) Knowles has served many years as Director of Professional Development and Curriculum at a large private school in south Florida and is currently a freelance writer and curriculum consultant.

Martha Smith received her undergraduate degree in Library Science from Eastern Michigan University and a master's degree of education in Library Science from the University of South Florida. Martha has been a media specialist for over 20 years in the Pre-K through 8th grade setting and is currently serving as Library Media Specialist at Pine Crest School, Boca Raton, Florida.

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