Shelley-Robinson, Cherrell V.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Library and Information Studies
Black like me: Ethnicity and the child reader
Date of Publication
Reiterates the need for culturally relevant literature for children from ethnic minorities, in order to help them develop a proper sense of their own identity, a positive self image and pride in their cultural heritage. Based on concerns expressed about the possible deleterious effects of a continuous exposure to literature portraying white lifestyles on black children. Investigates expressed preferences of Jamaican children for black or white characters as heroes in their books, and presents the findings. Concludes that children prefer books about people like themselves, irrespective of geographic location and implies that librarians and educators in Jamaica need to acquire more Afrocentric books to redress the present imbalance when compared with the overbundance of Eurocentric ones.....