Good Multicultural Children's Literature Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Good Multicultural Children's Literature
Argues that there is not a diametric difference between good literature and good multicultural literature for children.
# 148466 | 3,530 words | 18 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in Literature (Children) , Education (Elementary School) , Education (Multiculturalism)

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This paper explains that "good" children's literature has transforming powers to affect young readers long after they have finished reading the book. Next, the author defines four categories of multicultural literature that can help build student teachers' understanding of multicultural issues and reviews seven recommended books. The paper looks at the role of publishers to produce books that are good multicultural literature and suggests ways that teachers can present them to the classroom.

Table of Contents:
Another Pair of Eyes
In Good Informational Literature
Four Categories of Multicultural Literature
Bud, Not Buddy
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt
The Devil's Arithmetic
As Red Bird
Bud, Not Buddy
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt
The Devil's Arithmetic
Book Publishers' Challenge
Multicultural Books
Current Multicultural Impact on Society
Counter Claims
Classroom Approaches

From the Paper:

"In regard to multiculturalism, according to Maureen C. Kenny and Adriana McEachern (2009) in "Children's self-concept: a multicultural comparison," the need currently exists to more thoroughly explore ways factors of culture inform one's understanding of children's self-concept. As both cultural and biological factors shape and fashion a child's total self-concept through his/her interactions with his/her environment, cultural differences should be considered in studies of self-concept. In addition, as ethnic identity may constitute yet another dimension of self-concept, the researcher proposes the proposition that multiculturalism in good, bad, and/or "so so" literature may not be as benign and as simply promoted as commonly accepted by some, particularly some in politics, and or in the publishing business."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Connie Wilson. (2006). Examining Historical Events through Children's Literature. Multicultural Education. Caddo Gap Press. 2006. Retrieved May 03, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • Banned Book Quiz. (2009). Retrieved May 03, 2009 from
  • Bottigheimer, Ruth B. (2008). Stories of heaven and earth: Bible heroes in contemporary children's literature. Shofar. University of Nebraska Press. Retrieved May 02, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • Bradford, Clare. (2007). Cross-generational negotiations: Asian Australian picture books. Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature. Deakin University. Retrieved May 02, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • Cheng, Karen Kow Yip. (2007). Issues in the teaching and learning of children's literature in Malaysia. Christian University English Department, Faculty of Letters. Retrieved May 02, 2009 from HighBeam Research: 1423357661.html

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