In this book the authors describe their strategies for critically reading global and multicultural literature and the range of procedures they use for critical analyses, varying by their purpose and set of books. They also reflect on how these research strategies can inform classrooms and children as readers. Critical content analysis offers researchers a methodology for examining representations of power and position in global and multicultural children’s and adolescent literature. This methodology highlights the critical as locating power in social practices by understanding, uncovering, and transforming conditions of inequity. Importantly, it also provides insights into specific global and multicultural books significant within classrooms as well as strategies that teachers can use to engage students in critical literacy.
Holly Johnson is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, USA.Janelle Mathis is a professor at the University of North Texas, USA.Kathy G. Short is a professor at the University of Arizona, USA.