Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Education and Human Development
Susan Piazza, Ed.D.
Elizabeth Isidro, Ph.D.
Yvette Hyter, Ph.D.
Black authors, black male protagonist, children's literatures
This study seeks to explore the experiences of Black male protagonists in picture books. The following question guided this study: How do Black authors demonstrate a commitment to social justice? The theoretical framework that guides this study is Critical Race Theory (CRT), which aids in understanding how Black authors use experiential knowledge to represent experiences that challenge dominant ideologies about Black males. The sample consists of 20 pictures books all written by Black authors and published within the United States from 2018 to 2021. The deductive and inductive approaches to critical content analysis is used as it is effective for highlighting 1) the experiences of the Black male protagonists, 2) experiential knowledge of the authors, and 3) the experiences that challenge dominant ideologies. To determine each, language and images from each of the picture books were used as evidence. Exploring the representation of Black males in children’s literature informs how picture books can be utilized by educators and caregivers. Additionally, exploring how Black authors demonstrate a commitment to social justice through using experiential knowledge to represent experiences that challenge dominant ideologies about Black males influences the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of Black male protagonists in children’s literature.
Justice, Angela LaTrece, "The Skin I’m in: A Critical Content Analysis of Picture Books Written by Black Authors" (2023). Dissertations. 3963.