Monday, May 28, 2012

250+ Children's Books Featuring Black Boys and Men

Guest Blog: Jane M. Gangi
This post is authored by a friend, colleague and coauthor of Deepening Literacy Learning, Jane M. Gangi.  In this post, Jane is sharing a PowerPoint slideshow that she will be using at the Summit: Building a Bridge to Literacy for African American Male Youth: A Call to Action for the Library Community at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on June 3-5, 2012 that features more than 250 children's books depicting Black males. 

 Jane's article, "The Unbearable Whiteness of Literacy Instruction: Realizing the Implications of the Proficient Reader Research"(MC Review, 2008) offers an important critique of racial representation in the literacy textbooks for teachers and teacher candidates. I encourage you to read it.  She and I have also reviewed professional literacy textbooks from 2004 through 2008 and the news is not good.  Here's  a link to a post Jane did at the end of 2010.

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