- What qualifications does the author (or illustrator) have to write about a multicultural topic?
- Is the author (or illustrator) able to think as a member of another cultural group and to intellectually and emotionally become a member of that group?
- If the author (or illustrator) is not a member of the culturally diverse group being written about, is there anything in the author’s (or illustrator’s) background that would specifically recommend her or him for this book?
- If a book has to do with the feelings and insights of women, does a male author (or illustrator) present these appropriately?
- Are there stereotypes, oversimplifications, and generalizations in the illustrations?
- Do pictures demean or ridicule characters?
- Is there tokenism or European Americans with tinted or colored faces?
- Is sufficient individuality and diversity depicted within cultural groups?
Sources: Questions developed, in part, from the following:
Jordan, A. D. (1996a). Books of other cultures. Teaching and Learning Literature, 5(4), 23–25.
Jordan, A. D. (1996c). Welcome to my world: Books of other cultures. Teaching and Learning Literature, 5(4), 15–22.
Miller-Lachman, L. (1992). Our family, our friends, our world: An annotated guide to significant multicultural books for children and teenagers. New Providence, NJ: R. R. Bowker.
Ten quick ways to analyze children’s books for racism and sexism. (November 3, 1974). Interracial Books for Children, 5(3), 6–7.