Expanding Your Bookshelf. Selecting Books for Young Children.
This article discusses criteria to be used to select reading books for children. While it acknowledges that children need books that reflect their own personal experiences, it argues that chidden also need books that increase their imaginations, expose them to new and different experiences, and broaden their world.
Ruth E. Benjamin-Wardle was a young Black girl who grew up in Kansas City. She was an avid reader as a young child, and enjoyed reading David and Ann (the Catholic version of Dick and Jane). While Ruth realized the downside of not having any books to read that reflected her own reality (they were not published at that time), she did enjoy books about children raised in circumstances different from her own, and imagining being in their shoes.