Reflections on the Development of African American Childrens Literature A s a doctoral student at Wayne State University in Detroit, I taught, along with a few other doctoral students, some of the undergraduate courses in childrens literature. One year in the early 1970s, we graduate studentinstructors were recruited as helpers at a book fair. Books shelved as The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut There hasn't been a book of such mainstream influence while having the ARTISTIC edge attached to it as well, as Harper Lee's" To Kill A Mockingbird" a top 10 book for me.
It took the mantle of" America's Book" which" The Catcher In The Rye" held that title for a decade or so until Ms. Lee's book in the 60's. In the 60's, fewer than five percent of children's books were written or illustrated by people of color, that is by people of African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American background, and books by members of other" minority" groups were similarly hard to find.
Grauerholz, Pescosolido, and Milkie (1997) documented that fifteen percent of 2, 400 childrens picture books which were published from 1937 through 1990 featured one or more African American characters (Forbes, 1997). Grauerholz et. al (1997) reported that since 1965, the level of all multiracial books for children has remained essentially the same (Forbes, 1997).
Even the social unrest, and civil rights Bettye I. Latimer (1976) surveyed trade books published in the mid1960s and the 1970s and concluded that about 1 percent of the books involved African American characters.
Dec 10, 2013 So I turned to the Collective Brain of the childlit listserv, because they always know everything there, and asked for nonwhite children's books, NOT picture books or poetry, from before 1960. I have not gotten very many responses. African American Writers. (REF PS 153. N5 A344 1991). Collection of biographical and bibliographical essays on African American authors.
AfroAmerican Fiction Writers After 1955. (REF PS 153. N5 A34 1984). Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 33 The AfroAmerican Novel, : A Descriptive Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Material. 62 AfricanAmerican Books for Children Start your school off on the right foot with topquality AfricanAmerican literature.
To order the complete set go to# 13 below. Dec 07, 2015 However, kids today have a much larger selection of children's books to choose from with brown characters of all shades for them to identify with