I am excited to join Multicultural Children’s Book Day hosted by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom. This is particularly timely since I am teaching a new course entitled Using Multicultural Children’s Books to Promote Socio-emotional Learning offered to higher-degree students who are taking their Masters or their PhD in our institution (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University).
This week, we are tackling the controversial issues inherent in multiculturalism in children’s literature.
And so for my offering for this blog event, I thought that it would be good to share screenshots from my planned Discussion for tomorrow evening. Our main texts for tomorrow’s discussion are chapters culled from this book, plus a few other journal articles and book chapters from other texts:
Fox, D. L. & Short, K. G. (2003). Stories matter: The complexity of cultural authenticity in children’s literature. USA: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
We would also be looking at an expanded definition of multicultural children’s books:
And some of the raging and contentious debates about the term “multicultural” as could be seen in this argument by Thelma Seto:
With a rebuttal from Marc Aronson:
And the question of whether there exists a possibility of a middle ground:
And what its implications are for teachers, since most of my students are teaching in schools here in Singapore:
These are only a few of the many slides that I will be sharing.
Picturebooks that will be discussed in class
If you click on the book titles below, you’d be taken to my reviews of the said books.
I shall update you all as to what we manage to cover tomorrow evening.