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ERIC Number: EJ932777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Who Can Stay Here?: Confronting Issues of Documentation and Citizenship in Children's Literature
Cornell, Grace
Rethinking Schools, v25 n1 p32-37 Fall 2010
Picture books about immigration and citizenship rarely portray the issues that children from immigrant families face every day. Though many of these books dealt with border crossings, very few addressed issues of documentation and unequal access to citizenship in any meaningful way. Also, although there are many children's books that deal with the experiences of Asian and Latin American (specifically Mexican) immigrants, there is a paucity of literature that tells the stories of immigrants from other places in the world, such as Africa or the Middle East. The author urges teachers to seek out books that do represent these populations when building their classroom libraries, especially books that choose to tackle the difficult issues surrounding immigration status and citizenship. This is especially important if immigrant students are to recognize that they are not the only ones who face struggles in the United States--that many different groups share similar experiences and that this may in turn be due to the existence of larger systemic injustices. This article presents a framework to help teachers choose books and open discussion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; United States