This collection of essays represents perhaps the first attempt on the part of scholars of African American children's literature to give scholarly status to the study, analysis, and critique of such literature. Betty McEady-Gilead, Journal of Reading.
From the Author
I was a visiting rofessor in 1989/90 in Germany and the US during my sabbatical year, very soon after establishing the Journal of African Children's Literature (JACL) which later became the Journal of African Children's & Youth Literature (JACYL). I found quite interesting and fascinating, Dianne Johnson's book, The Pedagogy and Promise of Literature for African American Youth, which was given to me to review. And when I decided to do a Special Issue Volume 3 on African American Children's Literature, I contacted her about potential contributors, and sent flyers to various institutions. Her response was very positive. Many wonderful essays were received and the problem of selection for the special issue had to be addressed.
Attending the African Studies Association conference in Boston, MA. in the early 90s, I met Mr. Kassahun Checole, the Mangaging Director of Africa World Press. It was this meeting that resulted in the transformation of the Volume 3 Special Issue on African American Children's Literature of JACYL into The All-White World of Children's Books and African American Children's Literature in 1995.
I gratefully acknowledge the support of Dr. Richard F. Abrahamson, Dr. Nancy J. Schmidt, Dr. Dianne Johnson, Dr. Hugh Keenan, Mrs. Kemie Nix, Dr. Mary Twining, Dr. David Dorsey, Dr. Donnarae MacCann, and all the enthusiastic contributors to Volume 3 Special Issue on African American Children's Literature of JACYL.