ERIC Number: ED317005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Books without Bias: A Guide to Evaluating Children's Literature for Handicapism.
Slapin, Beverly; And Others
The guide to evaluating children's books for "handicapism" (the attitudes, stereotypes, and discrimination by society against people with disabilities) offers specific guidelines, reviews 25 children's books, and discusses handicapism in fairy tales. Readers are encouraged to evaluate books by asking 14 questions such as: (1) Are the disabled/different characters depicted as one-dimensional or, alternatively, are they depicted as having individual and complex personalities? (2) Are they passive, dependent, and/or asexual or, alternatively, are they contributing, competent, independent people? (3) Does the story evoke sorrow or pity or, alternatively, does the story evoke genuine compassion? The books reviewed are for the pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and include some rated as outstanding, some rated as very poor, and some rated as "near-misses." A list of 43 recommended books includes books for pre-kindergarten through high school. (DB)
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Bibliotherapy, Book Reviews, Childrens Literature, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Social Bias
KIDS Project, Inc., 1720 Oregon St., Berkeley, CA 94703 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: KIDS Project, Inc., Berkeley, CA.