Representation of Cultures and Languages in Children’s Picture Books
Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
This study investigated cultural representation in children’s picture books located in classroom libraries. The literature review explored what is culture, the history of children’s books, what past studies have found on representation in books, and why this topic is important. The research methodology was a qualitative study that involved inventorying classroom teachers’ libraries, as well as interviews with teachers about diversity and their libraries. The results included each of the individual teachers’ libraries as well as all the libraries’ data together; data revealed that the majority of characters were animal or non-human characters. Additionally, most of the books in these classroom libraries were books that were only in English. The major learnings I had were that classroom libraries have changed and now include electronic reading sources for students. Additionally, while there is still a lot of underrepresentation happening in classroom libraries, the white percentage was lower than in Dahl’s 2018 study and hopefully, books will continue to become more culturally diverse in who they represent.
Interview, Library Inventory
ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Multicultural Education, Reading
Neff, Kristen, "Representation of Cultures and Languages in Children’s Picture Books" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4558.
School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations