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Kids Need International Picture Books, NLU Prof Says Junko Yakota tells conference kids benefit from other countries' ideas

 

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 4.21.03 PMWhy are American children presented with mostly American picture books? Why do children’s books from other countries, whose different ideas and styles of illustration might benefit young Americans’ minds, seldom make it into their hands?

Junko Yakota, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Reading and Language at National Louis University and director of its Center for the Teaching of Children’s Books, told a recent conference, “Where the Wild Books Are,” at New York City’s New School, ¬†that diversity is about embracing ¬†different modes of storytelling, not just including foreign books on the reading list.

Learn more from a School Library Journal article.