Reading and understanding multicultural literature in both K-12 and university levels is incredibly important. While here in the US it is important to have multicultural books to tap into the diversity of the various kinds of people who live here it is the same in India where I think we need books for kids that bring out the diversity in language class caste region religion etcDo email me your thoughts.
Though there has been an increase in recent years for books published from multicultural authors there are still just over 10 of books published in the last 24 years that were written by and about people of color.
Why are multicultural books important. Supporting Language Learners Promoting Multicultural Education Celebrating Diversity. Those feelings can include love sadness fear and the desire for fairness and justice. In other words we can learn about their culture and beliefs.
And how you can help get more diverse books out there. Unfortunately not all childrens literature sends the messages that we want children to learn. Diverse books are important because they teach people about others.
The Cooperative Childrens Book Center does a yearly study on how many books are published from non-white authors. At its best multicultural childrens literature helps children understand that despite our many differences all people share common feelings and aspirations. At its best multicultural childrens literature helps children understand that despite our many differences all people share common feelings and aspirations.
Here are 3 reasons why its so important that kids have access to more multicultural books with characters as diverse as our communities. Multicultural literature offers teachers and students many opportunities to gain a broader understanding about the world but it also presents challenges says the journal article Heightening Awareness about the Importance of Using Multicultural Literature. In a recent study by Lee and Low it was found that 37 of children in the US identify themselves as multicultural yet only 14 of the childrens books have multicultural content.
These moments invariably go into the foundation of thinking of who we were and how worthy we were. Six reasons why multicultural education is essential will be discussed. All students need to see a different perspective than what they are used to.
Im so excited were finally coming into a time were we are seeing more and more diverse characters in that STARRING role. Multicultural literature describes how people live in different parts of the world. It also presents an accurate representation of the.
All students deserve to see themselves in books to relate to the characters. There might be similar moments that they – in fact a lot of multicultural children will go through. Multicultural books are an important tool in anti-racism educationthey can present children with counter-narratives to many of the biases they see and hear in mainstream media and larger society.
What Portion of Books are Considered Diverse Today. The main goals of multicultural literature are to increase sense of self-worth in students achievement of educational equity cultural pluralism a sense of empowerment the ability to work in harmony with other students and teaching from a multicultural perspective. The challenge it says is not only obtaining high quality multicultural texts but the greater challenge may be creating an.
They help promote respect and empathy for all types of people. See Yourself in the Pages Through Multicultural Childrens Books. Here are 3 reasons why its so important kids have access to more multicultural books.
This of course makes the immigrant and non-white students more motivated and engaged to learn. Conversely multicultural literature can also help boost self-esteem in immigrant children who are looking for role models and representations of people who look like they do while they seek to learn English as a second language. Assist cultural groups in feeling included and therefore feeling they belong in the school community.
Theres a magical connection that happens when we see ourselves reflected in the pages of a book.