Diversity in children’s books

December 16, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Looking for books that include children with diverse abilities?

The latest release [vol 38(4), 2015] of the Canadian Journal of Education includes an article by J. Emmerson and B. Brenna titled Characters With Exceptionalities Portrayed in Contemporary Canadian Children’s Books

From the abstract (page 1):

“This article examines the ways in which exceptionality is addressed in Canadian children’s literature, offering critical literacy as an avenue toward social justice. A content analysis (Berg, 2009) of 134 Canadian children’s books offers a wide scope of contemporary titles to include in classrooms. We developed conceptual categories to explore patterns and trends through a qualitative interpretive stance (Seidman, 2006). Our findings include the following results:

  • ethnically diverse characters with exceptionalities,
  • authentic characters with real-world challenges,
  • fantasy blended with other genres.

As narratives that include exceptionalities become more authentic and abundant, we can become more appreciative of diversity, further affecting inclusive schools and communities.”

The article includes a list of the book reviewed –  from picture books to young adult levels.

Also,  from the National Reading Campaign : “Every two years, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chooses outstanding books for and about young people with disabilities. This biennial selection draws attention to books published around the world that address special needs and situations and which encourage inclusion at every level.”

Did you know that the North York Central Library (TPL) include a circulating collection of the IBBY books?

Check it out!


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