“The times they are a changin”: Exploring the Many Faceted Nature of Diversity in Children’s Literature.
. Children’s Literature has been in the forefront of privileging significant social and cultural concerns. Over the past several decades, it has, in fact, been an ever expanding frontier not only reflecting the changing demography of the United States—its growing diverse culture, but also confronting cultural and value issues that have emerged because of these changes. Children’s stories have spoken with brilliant clarity about the historical issues of the African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian American communities, among many. Diversity also includes class, economics, gender/sexuality, and disability issues as reflected in Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor awardee Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson and I am Jazz by Jessica Hertheland Jazz Jennings
This exciting and revolutionary new domain invites us to explore new areas of research that include also Americans as global citizens. A fluid, sometimes rapid evolution of discourse continues. Cultural and value issues are challenged by ever more empowered and activist people and groups, and these challenges bring into focus and relief the great diversity of Americans'' individual journeys.
This panel explores the multiple ways Children’s Literature is exploring these issues and opening new areas of discourse.
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