EXAMPLE OF A LITERATURE STUDY
FOCUS: AFRICAN AMERICANS
Note: The following references represent a broad cross-section of books written about African Americans. However, they do not all positively portray African Americans and should be evaluated using Evaluating Children's Books for Bias For example:
Guidelines for selecting bias-free textbooks and storybooks.(1980). New York: Council on Interracial Books for Children.
Kutenplon, D. & Olmstead, E. (1996). Young adult fiction by African American writers, 1968-1993: A critical and annotated guide. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.
Kutzer, M.D. (1995) Writers of Multicultural Fiction for young adults: A bio-critical sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Marantz, S. & Marantz, K. (1994). Multicultural picture books: Art for understanding others. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Note: Even though the following resources do not all portray African Americans positively, we have included them as references for you to see what a sample list looks like, not as a recommended reading list. It is likely the books you use will contain both positive and negative elements, and it is anticipated that you will learn to discriminate between them.