Connections Issue 122 - Diverse picture books Figure 3 text
The picture book includes characters from diverse backgrounds.
The characters are represented in a non-stereotypical manner with an identity that is described and developed through the story.
The theme of the picture book is closely related to issues of diversity. It is developed through the story, using narrative to create and share lived experiences of the characters.
The illustrations and text work together to develop ambience and atmosphere, creating a complex world. The story world is open to different interpretations and emotional responses to the characters and themes.
The picture book serves as an educational tool for the discussion of diversity issues for library staff, carers and teachers. This could be through the story and theme or through additional information or background content in the book.