Graduate Research Papers


Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)


The purpose of this qualitative content analysis is to examine the accuracy of the portrayal of Native Americans and Native culture in picture books that are recommended by librarians and teachers, and thus may have been included in school library collections, specifically to identify instances of misapplied stereotypes and marginalization. It addresses the following research questions: (1) How are Native Americans and Native culture portrayed in recommended picture books by non-Native authors? and (2) What characteristics of these books should be used to raise awareness among librarians and educators about representation of Native Americans and Native culture in books? The books in this sample were evaluated using the framework of Slapin, Seale, and Gonzalez’s (2013) How to Tell the Difference: A Guide to Evaluating Children’s Books for Anti-Indian Basis. This study concluded in Theme 1 that tools beyond H.G. Wilson’s Core Collection (2021) and Follet Titlewave (2021) should be consulted when selecting books about Native Americans and Native culture by non-Native authors. In Theme 2, a list of the most common characteristics librarians and educators should watch out for is presented. Finally, the Recommendations for Practice identify the sources beyond the Core and Titlewave that librarians should consult. Furthermore, librarians and educators should seek out Native authors when looking for quality books that accurately and respectfully represent Native Americans and Native culture.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Karla Krueger, EdD


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