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Study: New Children’s Books Lack Reference to Nature, Animals

USA Today – February 27, 2012
By Nanci Hellmich

Study: New Children’s Books Lack Reference to Nature, Animals Children have been enjoying stories set in forests and jungles since Little Red Riding Hood, but these kinds of natural environments are disappearing from kids' picture books today as more are set inside homes and other built environments, a new study shows. Researchers at several universities reviewed about 8,100 images in 296 children's books. The books were all Caldecott Medal winners and honorees from 1938 to 2008. The Caldecott awards are given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Researchers categorized images as containing either a natural environment, such as a jungle or forest;…
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