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ERIC Number: EJ1155856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
Analysis of Latino Award Winning Children's Literature
Gomm, Jeff; Heath, Melissa Allen; Mora, Pat
School Psychology International, v38 n5 p507-522 Oct 2017
In this article, we offer information about the specific challenges US Latino immigrant children face. We then determine which of these challenges are included in 72 award winning children's picture books, specifically created for and/or about Latino children. Our analysis offers information to assist school-based mental health professionals, children's librarians, educators, and parents in prescriptively selecting books that align with Latino children's social emotional needs. Additionally, we analysed each book's proportion of Spanish/English text and described the book's targeted age level and "Horn Book Guide" rating. From our perspective, books containing colorful illustrations that include Latino children, realistic situations, familiar Spanish words and phrases, and true-to-life characters help Latino children engage and identify with these stories. Children's book author Pat Mora also explains her perceptions of quality children's literature. Although this article is specific to Latino children's literature, implications are offered that generalize to other ethnic and cultural groups that are typically underrepresented in children's literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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