Looking for diversity in children's books

Children's books do not reflect the cultural diversity of school communities, so what is happening to reverse this trend? ⎮ 36 sec read

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Education in our multicultural world and classrooms brings opportunities and challenges for teachers. Authentic diversity in children’s books can help children achieve important educational and social/emotional outcomes, but current book collections are limiting the opportunities for these benefits for many children. 

Caroline Barratt-Pugh, Yvonne Haig and myself published a research article Portray cultures other than ours: How childrenliterature is being used to support the diversity goals of the Australian Early Years Learning Framework in the Journal, The Australian Educational Researcher. More recently, I discussed the lack of diversity in children's books further in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald: Beyond the Pale: Children’s books present monoculture

Helen Adam

Academic, Edith Cowan University

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