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A critical analysis of ecological sustainability ideology in award-winning early children's literature
journal contributionposted on 2020-01-01, 00:00 authored by Peta WhitePeta White, Glenn AuldGlenn Auld, Muriel WellsMuriel Wells
AbstractA framework to critically consider the ecological sustainability messaging in children’s literature is presented to authors, illustrators and editors, as well as teachers, parents and students/children. We have applied this framework to three books from the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2015 Notables list using critical discourse analysis (CDA). Findings suggest that there are themes and images in these award-winning texts that do not support ecological sustainability and we argue that children’s literature should be judged with criteria including ecological sustainability. Our hope is that ecological sustainability principles and practices lead to changes in social discourse through intergenerational storytelling.