The Picture Book Project: A Bates College Collection Portraying People of Color

The Picture Book Project: A Bates College Collection Portraying People of Color

2012-multicultural-books1Founded by Krista Aronson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Bates, in collaboration with Anne Sibley O’Brien, children’s book creator, this collection is comprised of fiction and narrative non-fiction picture books (grades K-3) depicting characters of color published in the United States since 2002. Using these books, Professor Aronson, her collaborators, and students contribute to the national dialogue about diverse children’s books, capturing and communicating their dominant themes and exploring their impact on inclusion and bias, including how teachers and parents utilize them in everyday life. In line with its community focus, these books are available to everyone at Bates and beyond for research, education and personal use.

Thanks go to Ladd Library, Bates Faculty Development Fund and numerous Children’s Book Publishers for their generous support as well as Brenna Callahan ’15 and Gift Kiti ’18, without whom this work would not be possible.