Gilton writes with authority, clarity, and conviction, presenting a strong rationale for the necessity for teachers to use multicultural literature whether or not their schools and/or classrooms have diverse populations. This is not a bibliography of multicultural books for children. Instead, the author offers a wealth of information, starting with discussions of how people pass on their cultures and the importance of recognizing worldview and ethnic and racial identities. She gives a history of multicultural literature in the U.S., noting that there has been an increase in the availability of titles for children in the last 20 years, but that there is much room for more improvement in this area. In addition to the historical review, Gilton addresses current issues including cultural authenticity of authors and melting pot versus culturally conscious literature. There is ample information on how to find the best books that appropriately represent a variety of cultures. Finally, Gilton looks closely at groups that are growing in the U.S., including bicultural families and Arab and Muslim Americans. Throughout the book, the author references bibliographies and important critiques of childrena€™s literature available in books, journals, and online sources. By emphasizing where books of certain types can be found, she expands the knowledge base of teachers and librarians one hundred fold. With the help of this extensive reference, the task of putting quality books into the hands of teachers and children is greatly simplified.-Wendy Smith-Da€™Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
Multicultural and Ethnic Children's Literature in the United Statesby Donna L. Gilton
Multicultural and Ethnic Children's Literature in the United States describes the history and characteristics of ethnic and multicultural children's literature in the U.S., as well as related materials published elsewhere.See more details below
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Multicultural and Ethnic Children's Literature in the United States describes the history and characteristics of ethnic and multicultural children's literature in the U.S., as well as related materials published elsewhere.
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Donna L. Gilton is associate professor of library and information studies at the University of Rhode Island.
Donna L. Gilton is professor at the University of Rhode Island.
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