Evaluating Cultural Authenticity in Multicultural Picture Books: A Collaborative Analysis for Diversity Education
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This study examines cultural authenticity reflected in multicultural picture books. Specifically, this study attempts to reframe issues surrounding the topic of cultural authenticity based on a systematic and empirical analysis of picture books that represent three different ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. A total of forty-five systematicallyselected picture books that represent fifteen books per ethnic group were selected and evaluated by multiple reviewers who were insiders of the culture. A coding scheme was developed to evaluate each book in terms of profile of major and minor characters, settings of the story, stereotypical features, and cultural authenticity. An in-depth evaluation of all selected books wasadded by a team of three reviewers in order to validate the results of the coded analysis. This study aims to shed light on library youth services and diversity education in a society with increasing ethnic diversity.
Yoo-Lee, EY, Fowler, L., Adkins, D., Kim, K-S, and Davis, H. (2014, July). Evaluating cultural authenticity in multicultural picture books: A collaborative analysis for diversity education. Library Quarterly, 84(3): 234-247.