Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


The Latino population is predicted to be the largest minority in the United States by the year 2005. The largest group in the Latino population is Mexican Americans. Children's picture books portraying Mexican Americans can provide Mexican American children a means of connecting with their culture. Picture books are also a way for nonMexican Americans to learn about the culture. This research investigated three questions. What are the characteristics of Mexican American culture? What qualifies children's books as being representative of a culture? How do children's picture books about Mexican Americans reflect their culture? The researcher used qualitative, textual analysis with interpretive narrative of the findings. Librarians, teachers, and authors need to be made aware that literature with Mexican American themes or characters should be a true reflection of the culture. This will help educate all children and help them gain an understanding of people of diverse backgrounds and culture.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara Safford


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