An Analysis of African American Characters in Coretta Scott King & Carter G. Woodson Award Winning Books Published Between 1990 and 2000
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The purpose of this literary analysis was to examine the portrayal of African Americans in fiction and nonfiction books published between the years of 1990 to 2000 written for fourth through sixth grade students. Research shows that literature has the ability to shape perceptions of how African American and other minorities are viewed by society (Reid, 1983). Literature is also used as a tool to help build self-esteem. Bishop (1990) says that good quality literature will reflect back to the child and provide positive self-images. Therefore, it is necessary to identify books that show Mrican Americans in non-stereotypical ways. In this study Coretta Scott King and Carter G. Woodson award winners were analyzed with The Council on Interracial Books for Children's Ten Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books checklist. The instrument is an established tool used by CIBC and others to analyze children's literature for racism and sexism. The results of this study show that African Americans are portrayed in non-stereotypical ways in the literature that was selected for analysis.
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