Race Depicted in Children's Literature

Race Depicted in Children's Literature



Shaina C. Dawson


Presentation: 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., St. Joseph's Hall 025



The purpose of this study is to analyze children's literature and how race is depicted to developing children. The study begins with a description of ethnic racial socialization and the ways in which parents teach their children about race. Next is a brief description of the history of children's literature and how books can be used to teach children about race and other identities. Using content analysis, I analyze some of the most popular pieces of children's literature to address the frequency of racial diversity discussed as well as how minority races are depicted. Finally, this research concludes with a discussion of the importance of ethical teaching during the developmental years and suggestions for expanding racial representation in children’s literature.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Anya M. Galli Robertson, Leslie H. Picca

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education; Reduced Inequalities

Race Depicted in Children's Literature