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African-Americans are one of the largest minority groups in the United States; therefore it is imperative that lit erature that features African-Americans as the main characters be in today's classrooms. This literature is not only important for African-American children to see themselves, but for children of other races to see as well. Carlsen (1971) stated "... young people want to read about people like themselves, with whom they can identify" (p. 208). "If African-American students cannot find themselves and people like them in the books they read and have read to them, they receive a powerful message about how they are undervalued in both schooland society" (Bishop, 1990, p. 561).

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