Bates College: Bates Debuts One-of-a-kind Search Engine For Diverse Children’s Books

Bates College: Bates Debuts One-of-a-kind Search Engine For Diverse Children’s Books. “There is considerable power in children’s books. It’s a formative power, especially in the case of picture books for younger children, with their rapidly developing intellects and personalities. So what’s the formative impact on children of color when most picture books — as many as 90 percent — are all about white people? And if you want to lay hands on one of the relatively few books that feature diverse characters, what happens when the local library catalog can’t help you find them? And what if that library doesn’t even know which races or cultures are represented in its children’s book collection? Krista Aronson, associate professor of psychology at Bates, has devoted considerable time and thought to such questions. And she has an answer.”

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