This article provides an overview of a qualitative study investigating how K-5 classroom teachers describe their beliefs, concerns, and planning process for enacting read alouds featuring characters with disabilities. The study explored educators' close reading of picture books to elicit the unpacking of beliefs about individuals with disabilities conveyed by children’s literature. Through dialogue about social issues in picture books with colleagues, teachers sharpened their own critical literacy skills to bring into the classroom. Based on our findings, we offer a collaborative inquiry cycle that teacher groups can replicate to critically read children’s literature for different social justice issues.
Rabinowitz, Laurie and Tondreau, Amy
"Collaborative Inquiry to Support Critically Reading Children’s Literature,"
Language Arts Journal of Michigan:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.9707/2168-149X.2286