Title

Like Butter on Pancakes (Diversity in Children’s Books)

Date of Award

May 2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Advisor(s)

Robert C. Dacey

Second Advisor

Christopher Wildrick

Keywords

Illustration

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

Diversity in children's books implies the emergence of a variety of characteristics with different appearances in young readers' literature and stories indicating various heritages that couldn't find a voice in literature earlier. Considering first books representing kids from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds like African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, and rainbow families, it becomes evident that diversity has improved over the decades. At the same time, current studies show that inclusivity in children's books is still suffering from a lack of quantity and sometimes quality. Like Butter on Pancakes project is a new interpretation of a previously published story with a redesign in character to a girl of color. The narrative is a usual story focusing on similarities in the lives of children around the world. Inclusive books are needed in our age for all the Kids to know their peers more and specifically for children of minorities to feel more accepted and respected.

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