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    Read Aloud with Young Children: What Questions to Ask

    Children learn about the world through picture books.  Children form judgments and opinions based on what they see and what they determine as factual evidence.  Children who are provided non-stereotypical and non-gender conforming literature will be more critical and thoughtful when placing judgments and forming opinions about genders, cultures, and races.  In a study conducted by Flerx, Fidler, and Rogers (1976), it was found that reading egalitarian literature with children for 30 minutes a day over the course of five days a week resulted in these children to have a decrease in stereotypical thinking.  The children in this study were ages four-five. It should be embedded in every early childhood…

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    Creating a Checklist for Books in Your Classroom Library

    The world in which our students live, learn, and observe in is filled with a variety of people.  Our youngest students often learn about the world through picture books.  Picture books in a preschool classroom help students make sense of social issues, how to be a friend, how to solve a problem, and also help foster a love for reading.  Many children are filled with excitement when they make sense of the written word.  Books become an opportunity for children to explore, imagine, and learn.  Statistics as recent as 2010 found that only 14% of African American males are reading proficiently by 4th grade, compared to only 18% of Hispanic…