Books play an important role in the socialization of children. In order to understand the images of families presented to children, a sample of best-selling and award-winning children's books was analyzed. Sixty-seven Caldecott and Newbery award winners were selected. Some diversity in family structure was presented in the books. However, none of the black families was a one-parent household, and the image of one-parent households was overwhelmingly negative. Family roles, including the division of household work and paid employment, were depicted traditionally. Presentations of the homemaker role and parent-child relationships are described.
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Caldecott Award Winners
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Newbery Award Winners
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Adler, E.S. Family life in children's books. J Fam Econ Iss 5, 24–41 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01083284
- Social Policy
- Family Structure
- Social Issue
- Family Life
- Family Role