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The importance of using multicultural books with children has become of increasing concern to the educational community. "Within the past year multiculturalism has been the focus of articles in many important shapers and reflectors of public opinion including Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic" (Taxel, 1992). A criticism frequently found in such writing is the lack of multicultural books published. During a three-year period in the 1960s only four-fifths of one percent of the books published dealt with contemporary black Americans (Larrick, 1965). Even though the situation has slightly improved for all minority cultures, the percentage of books published about people of color continues to remain between one and two percent (Bishop, 1992). The most dramatic increase has been in the number of quality African-American books produced. In the last ten years, seven of the Caldecott Award winners or Honor Books contained African-American characters.

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