In a recent essay I wrote about the need for "wild" play by children and the great concern that it is declining globally. Now, I've just read that a survey of 8100 images in 296 award-winning children's books published between 1938 and 2008 shows a decline in the representation of nature and animals.
Some snippets from this report include:
- Early in the study period, built environments were the primary environments in about 35% of images. By the end of the study, they were primary environments about 55% of the time.
- Early in the study, natural environments were the primary environments about 40% of the time; by the end, the figure was roughly 25%.
- Images of wild animals and domestic animals declined dramatically over time, says lead author Al Williams of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:…
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