College of Arts and Sciences; School of Education
children’s literature, ethnic diversity, diverse, ethnicity, inclusion
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Children's and Young Adult Literature | Early Childhood Education | Reading and Language
Schewe, Rose, "The Prevalence and Importance of Ethnic Diversity in Children’s Literature" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 930.
Despite the complicated past of ethnic censorship, ethnic diversity has a prominent role in children’s literature published in the United States because diversity is accurately representative of the culture in which today’s young readers live. Children’s literature has advanced in terms of ethnic diversity in recent decades, but obstacles that prevent the stories of various minority groups from being told continue to exist. In order for all children to feel properly included in the literary world, children must be given the opportunity to see both people who are different from them as well as people who bear similarities to themselves represented in the literature present in their homes, schools, and libraries.