Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In Case You Missed It!

Children's Lit Expert
Maria Salvadore Discusses
Extensive Appeal of Multicultural Books

In the Reading Rockets.org blog article titled "We're all hyphenated Americans," children's literature expert Maria Salvadore shares a recent teaching experience in which a group of parents recognized the value of reading multicultural books to their children. 

Salvadore says, "What this suggests is that books introduce readers to myriad people of all backgrounds — even in homogeneous communities. Children need to see themselves and meet others. These books must have a universal appeal, an emotional authenticity, and enough story to keep readers engaged."

Maria Salvadore is is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, reviewer for School Library Journal and Capitol Choices, and former member of the American Library Association's Notable Children's Book Committee. Her weekly blog "Page by Page" explores the best ways to use kids' books both inside and outside of the classroom. To read the entire article, click here