Ethnicity in Children's Literature: Annotated Bibliographies Term Paper by Master Researcher

Ethnicity in Children's Literature: Annotated Bibliographies
Describes some annotated bibliographies and the usefulness of the information they provide on ethnic themes and characters in children's literature.
# 36642 | 780 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 14, 2003 in Literature (Children) , Ethnic Studies (General)

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This paper discusses the recent appearance of annotated bibliographies of children's literature, and focuses on a few that contain useful information on literature pertaining to multicultural issues. The writer explains how well they represent the multiplicity of ethnic groups in North America today, and describes the extent to which they address a spectrum of important issues in minority children's literature, including interracial relationships, problems of racism and prejudice, stereotypes, identity, pride, and positive self-concept.

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"A more recent and comprehensive list of multicultural children's books, Many Peoples, One Land by Helbig and Perkins presents an annotated bibliography of new literature pertaining to multicultural issues. The structure of this work divides the books listed not only into groups by the minority they portray, but also along genre lines: fiction, oral history, and poetry. This can be helpful for teachers of Language Arts who want to diversify their poetry curriculum or present material on the oral history as literature without being limited to the (often monocultural) "classics." The list includes works by Molly Bang, one of the bright lights of African-American children's picture-book authors, as well as more serious novels that treat prejudice and racism in the justice system explicitly. It includes historical works in the "fiction" sections as well as the "oral histories" sections, and is fairly comprehensive in its treatment of problems such as racism, prejudice, and stereotyping. Unfortunately, it also limits itself to a few minority traditions, African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, and Native American. Coverage of Jewish and Arab-American children's lives in fiction, although available, seems to be isolated to larger and less-detailed overviews of children's literature, or to highly specified bibliographies of Arab-American and Jewish-American children's books, some of which I will mention below."

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