African and African American Images in Newbery Award Winning Titles : Progress in Portrayals

By: Wilkin, Binnie TateMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (210 p.)ISBN: 9780810869608Subject(s): Africa - In literature | Africa -- In literature | African Americans in literature | African Americans in literature | Africans in literature | Africans in literature | Children’s literature -- History and criticism | Children''s literature - History and criticism | Newbery Medal | Newbery MedalGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: African and African American Images in Newbery Award Winning Titles : Progress in PortrayalsDDC classification: 810.9352996 | 810.9352996073 LOC classification: PN1009.5.A47Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Background and Analysis; General Analysis of Newbery Titles in Historical Context, 1922-2009; Reviews: Newbery Titles with African or African American Images; Reviews: Ancillary Titles; Reviews: Other Newbery Award Winners; Newbery Author List; Newbery Title List; Index; About the Author
Summary: In Images of Africans and African Americans in Newbery Award Winning Titles: Progress in Portrayals, Binnie Tate Wilkin provides a historical and contextual examination of those titles that have won or been nominated for the nation''s most prestigious award for children''s literature. Wilkin explores the depictions of African and African American characters in these novels and illuminates the progressive quality of such representations.
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Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Background and Analysis; General Analysis of Newbery Titles in Historical Context, 1922-2009; Reviews: Newbery Titles with African or African American Images; Reviews: Ancillary Titles; Reviews: Other Newbery Award Winners; Newbery Author List; Newbery Title List; Index; About the Author

In Images of Africans and African Americans in Newbery Award Winning Titles: Progress in Portrayals, Binnie Tate Wilkin provides a historical and contextual examination of those titles that have won or been nominated for the nation''s most prestigious award for children''s literature. Wilkin explores the depictions of African and African American characters in these novels and illuminates the progressive quality of such representations.

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The author has exhaustively examined all books that have won the Newbery Medal and been cited as honor books since the award's creation in 1922. Her purpose is to evaluate the representation of Africans and African Americans, and to describe how these groups are portrayed in each title's historical context. In a short introduction, Wilkin surveys how changing images of African Americans in literature reflect evolving attitudes in American culture. Then she critiques each book's presentation of African Americans. Books with the most positive images are awarded three pluses, while books with marginal African-American characters are indicated with an "M." She pulls no punches when identifying negative images. For instance, she cites the 1933 honor book The Railroad to Freedom as a "horribly flawed" fictional biography of Harriet Tubman for its use of derogatory terms to describe African Americans, among other faults. Readers may not be surprised to learn that represntation has improved since the 1970s, when Virginia Hamilton and Mildred D. Taylor rose to prominence, and contemporary authors such as Christopher Paul Curtis and Jacqueline Woodson continue to create authentic, admirable characters. Wilkin commendably examines how books by authors of all backgrounds depict African Americans, demonstrating how we all play a part in defeating racism. An essential volume for scholars, teachers, and librarians.-Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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