ERIC Number: ED476154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
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Do You See Your Family? An Examination of Racially Mixed Characters & Families in Children's Picture Books Available in School Media Centers.
Lovett, Susan S.
This study describes a survey of public elementary schools in Wake County, North Carolina that examined what picture books that include mixed-race characters or mixed-race families are available and which are most commonly collected in public school media centers. Of the 79 elementary school media centers in the Wake County Public School System, 52 responded. A total of 34 titles that included a mixed-race character or a mixed-race family, where the family was not multiracial due to adoption, were identified. Nine titles proved to be highly collected, 11 were somewhat collected, and 14 titles were rarely collected. Half of the highly collected titles were award winners, whereas the mid and rarely collected category books have not won any awards. The parental racial combinations varied, but the prevalent pairing was African American/Caucasian. Titles appeared to be collected more because they were award-winning than because they represented a non-Caucasian population. The majority of elementary school media specialists had never been asked to find materials that included mixed-race characters or families. Overall, few of these books exist, and fewer still are collected in school media centers. Appendices include the school media collection survey instrument, survey data arranged by quantity owned, and an annotated list of racially mixed picture books. (Contains 29 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina