New York, NY :, Oxford University Press,, 
ix, 278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: race, racism, and the cultures of childhood
The strange career of The cat in the hat; or, Dr. Seuss's racial imagination
How to read uncomfortably: racism, affect, and classic children's books
Whiteness, nostalgia, and fantastic flying books: William Joyce's racial erasures vs. Hurricane Katrina
Don't judge a book by its color: the destructive fantasy of whitewashing (and vice-versa)
Childhoods "outside the boundaries of imagination": genre is the new Jim Crow
Conclusion: a manifesto for anti-racist children's literature.
A significant reason racism endures is because it is structural: it's embedded in culture and in institutions. One of the places that racism hides -- and thus perhaps the best place to oppose it -- is books for young people. Philip Nel presents five serious critiques of the history and current state of children's literature tempestuous relationship with both implicit and explicit forms of racism. Nel examines topics both vivid -- such as The Cat in the Hat's roots in blackface minstrelsy -- and more opaque, like how the children's book industry can perpetuate structural racism via whitewashed covers even while making efforts to increase diversity.