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Our Research & Related Readings

A selection of published research by the Diverse BookFinder team.

Aronson, K.M. O’Brien, A.S. (2014) How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance. School Library Journal, blog.

Aronson, K. M., Stefanile, C., Matera, C., Nerini, A., Grisolaghi, J., Romani, G., & … Brown, R. (2016). Telling tales in school: Extended contact interventions in the classroom. Journal Of Applied Social Psychology46(4), 229-241. doi:10.1111/jasp.12358

Aronson, K. M., & Brown, R. (2013). Acculturation and social attitudes among majority children.International Journal Of Intercultural Relations37(3), 313-322. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.02.004

DiverseBookFinder team -- Multicultural Picture Book Data: A First-Ever Look 

Related Readings

Links to articles/videos/blogs about the need for multicultural books:

Adichie. C. N. TEDGlobal. (Producer). (2009). The danger of a single story. Retrieved from 
Bishop, Rudine Sims. (1990). Mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors. Originally appeared in Perspectives: Choosing and using books for the classroom, Vol 6, no 3, Summer 1990. Retrieved from
CodeSwitch. (2013, June 25). As demographics shift, kids' books stay stubbornly white. NPR Morning Edition. Retrieved from
Erlich, H. (2015, March 5). The diversity gap in children's publishing, 2015. Lee & Low Books, The Open Book (blog). Retrieved from 
Govinnage, S. (2015, April 24). I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how White our reading world is. The Washington Post.
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Larrick, N. (1965). The all-White world of children’s books. Saturday Review, 11, 63-65, 84-85. Retrieved from
Lynch, G.H. (2013) #Colormyshelf: why kids need books that reflect diversity. SheKnows. Retrieved from
Maclean, K. (2016, March 1). What we talk about when we talk about diversity. Kyo Maclean Kids (blog). Retrieved from
Myers, W.D. ( 2104, March 15). Where are all the people of color in children's books? The New York Times, pp. SR1, New York Edition. Retrieved from
Myers, C. (2014, March 16). The apartheid of children's literature.The New York Times, pp. SR1, National Edition. Retrieved from


These articles and sites offer guidance on evaluating authenticity:

"Overview: Diversity and Inclusion in Children’s and Young Adult Books""

"Multicultural and Diverse Children's Books:"

"Multicultural Books for Children: 60+ Book Lists:"

"We Publish Diverse Books:"

"Best Books" American Indians in Children's Literature: