Skip to content

Deepening Student Engagement with Diverse Picturebooks

Powerful Classroom Practices for Elementary Teachers

Cover image Placeholder

Featuring diverse picturebooks, Zapata offers practical approaches and guiding principles to explore literature through an anti-oppressive lens in the early childhood and elementary classroom. This book is informed by the ethics of integrating diverse children’s picturebooks in the classroom, a desire to cultivate a literature landscape that resists stereotypical representations of racial, linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity, and a commitment to recentering critical engagement of diverse picturebooks.
Students deserve stories that better reflect their everyday realities. This book helps educators select and integrate diverse picturebooks that will allow students to respond to their own and others’ stories through a critical literature response framework. It explores the question of “how” we might share diverse picturebooks with young children both for literacy development and for growing a broader sense of citizenry.
Drawing on NCTE’s position statement, Preparing Teachers with Knowledge of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, this book will help you turn the teaching of reading of print and illustration into a transformative literacy encounter that nurtures readers and writers who understand the power of stories, especially their own, and who celebrate the diverse histories that shaped them.
Principles in Practice imprint

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error