Latino heroes found lacking in children's books

Little more than 3% of the children's books published in 2011 feature a Latino character or were written by a Hispanic author, according to the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While there is little data connecting cultural relevance to student achievement, advocates express concern about the lack of Latino protagonists in the books. "Kids do have a different kind of connection when they see a character that looks like them or they experience a plot or a theme that relates to something they've experienced in their lives," said Jane Fleming, an assistant professor at the Erikson Institute, a Chicago-based graduate school in early-childhood development.

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