The literature that African-American children read has the power to transform their vision of themselves and their culture. According to a report issued by the National Black Child Development Institute (1991), "Children's books that present accurate and realistic images of Black people and our culture are a major vehicle for generating high self-esteem and a positive self-concept in Black children" (p. 5).
McGlinn, J. (1994). Their Own Story: Literature for African-American Children. Reading Horizons, 34 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol34/iss3/2