04/05/2020

Help a child find their identity through literature

The importance of diversity in children’s literature is essential in relation to their emotional and personal development. 

While there are few arguments against the importance of childhood learning through reading; diversity within gender, ability, race and family dynamics, are still acknowledged as topics under-represented in the world of children’s literature. 

In an article by scholastic publishers, they asked readers to explain why they believe diversity in children's’ books is so important. The response was overwhelmingly focused on how humans look to literature to reflect their own realities.

With a lack of diversity, some children can find themselves having to go without, which can affect both their confidence and invalidate their experiences. In some cases, this may lead to a rejection of literature entirely, which affects their identity as they grow older.

Normalising diversity will encourage confidence in children who might be struggling with their identities or help them to be more empathetic and understanding towards others.

Many teachers also added that inclusive literature created a space where children could ask difficult questions to understand themselves and the world around them better. Through doing so, it is possible to represent a range of experiences to young children that are authentic, respectful and reflective in a way which will help them learn how to empathise and support each other into adulthood.

Are you interested in a career that will shape the lives of the next generation?

At the University of Bolton, we offer both Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees in MA Early Childhood Studies. 

We understand the enormous impact that the social, cultural and political climate has on the future of today’s children. We focus our teaching on integrating, understanding and becoming aware of these factors and how they affect childhood development.

For more information about the Early Years and Childhood Studies courses we offer and how to apply, click here.

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