Although these guidelines focus on the messages about diversity and equality reflected in children’s books, it is also important to take quality into account. Be sure the book is a “good read.” If children find the story or illustrations boring, a book will not hold their attention, even if the book adds a specific kind of diversity you need. Check for active, interesting story lines where different kinds of people are integral to the people in the story, not the main topic. For example, in A Chair for My Mother , a young child tries to save money to get a comfortable chair for her waitress mother. Although the book shows a single parent, working-class family, and a resourceful girl, it is not didactic. Also look for illustrations that are colorful and recognizable to young children. Although they enjoy a range of styles, illustrations that are too subdued or abstract may not hold their attention.
Hi Sandie & Everyone You are really contributing to my added interest to read quality picture books these days... Thanks a lot for the recommended links displaying such interesting creative works. It has been a pleasure to browse through those , let me tell you the following: I retired from EFL teaching two years ago. There has been some nostalgia... While reading your posting, I thought for myself "How I'd love to use these stories/materials with learners anew!"However, I have attempted to be very busy, mainly with poem writing, blogging and reading for pleasure, and interested to participate in literary events, which has always fascinated me. Moreover, I feel the duty to share materials with colleagues who still are in the field. It keeps being enjoyable:) Hope to see you in Lisbon at the APPI Annual Convention . We shall be talking about those young illustrators with much pleasure. Cheers, Maria