ERIC Number: ED177530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pictorial Treatment of Blacks and Teaching Picture Reading Skills in Order to Enrich Children's Vocabularies.
Bingham, Jane M.
This paper discusses the relation of the treatment of black characters in illustrations in children's reading materials to children's picture reading skills and vocabularies. Pointing out that illustrations introduce children to a wide range of experiences, it argues that using illustrations of black characters strengthens children's critical reading/thinking skills while strengthening their knowledge about physical characteristics, life styles, and environments that are pictured for black characters. The paper notes that black children can also learn about white children and about other subjects in the same way. It provides several suggestions for using illustrated books to help increase children's understandings and vocabularies and offers a list of illustrated picture books depicting black characters that can be used as discussion starters. The paper concludes with a list of criteria for evaluating picture books, including illustrations, text, format, and comparisons. (TJ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association Great Lakes Regional Reading Conference (4th, Detroit, MI, October 18-20, 1979) ; Best copy available