Multicultural messages in a picture storybook
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By age 3, even though children do not have an adult’s understanding of race, they are aware of their race and some differences in the race of other people. Many questions still remain concerning the content of young children’s awareness and knowledge of race. As of yet, the young child’s voice is not prominent in the research. This qualitative study is a step towards addressing the gap in the literature. Using a “culturally generic or neutral” multicultural children’s picture storybook, in an open-ended interview format, three- and four-year-old children were interviewed to gauge their awareness of the race of the characters in the story. By listening to young children’s knowledge and concepts of race, a more developmentally appropriate understanding of their awareness of race during the preschool years can be captured.