Collections > Master's Papers > School of Information and Library Science > Breaking Barriers: Analyzing Transitional Books with People of Color as Main and Major Secondary Characters
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Research shows that a large number of children stop reading for pleasure between the second and fifth grade. This critical period coincides with the time that students are transitioning from reading picture books to reading chapter books. This transition may be problematic for several reasons, including whether the books between these levels are available, interesting, and relatable, and if they allow readers to feel successful. Another disturbing trend is the continued lack of children's literature that reflects the racial make-up of the United States. Researchers have found that when readers encounter texts that feature characters like them and with whom they can connect, they are more likely to be interested in books and to see how reading can play a role in their lives. The purpose of this study is to examine transitional books to determine the percentage of main characters and major secondary characters that feature people of color, as well as the percentage of authors that are people of color.