Research Resources

Selected Research Related to the 

Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award

Adomat, D. S. (2014). Exploring issues of disability in children's literature discussions. Disability Studies Quarterly, 34(3).

Adukia, A., Christ, C., Das, A., & Raj, A. (2022). Portrayals of race and gender: Sentiment in 100 years of children’s literature. ACM SIGCAS/SIGCHI Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS), 20-28. 

Altieri, J. L. (2008). Fictional characters with dyslexia: What are we seeing in books? TEACHING Exceptional Children, 41(1), pp. 48–54.

Artman-Meeker, K., Grant, T. O., & Yang, X. (2016). By the book: Using literature to discuss disability With children and teens. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 48(3), 151–158.

Brenna, B. (2013). Mindful portrayals: Using fiction to create awareness, understanding, and support for people with autism and developmental disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48(4), 514–521.

Cousik, R. (2015), Cultural and functional diversity in the elementary classroom: strategies for teachers, Journal for Multicultural Education, 9(2), 54-67.

Dyches, T. T., Egan, K., Moss, K., Grow, H., Black, S., & Prater, M. A. (2018). Same but different: Characters with developmental disabilities in current juvenile literature. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities DADD Online Journal: Research to Practice, 5(1), 73-89.

Dyches, T. T., & Prater, M. A. (2005). Characterization of developmental disabilities in children’s fiction. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 40(3), 202-216. 

Dyches, T. T., & Prater, M. (2000). Developmental disability in children’s literature: Issues and annotated bibliography. Council for Exceptional Children/Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. 

Dyches, T. T., Prater, M. A., & Cramer, S. F. (2001). Characterization of mental retardation and autism in children’s books. Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 36(3), 230-243. 

Dyches, T. T., Prater, M. A., & Leininger, M. (2009). Juvenile literature and the portrayal of developmental disabilities. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44, 304-317.

Emmerson, J. & Brenna, B. (2015). Characters with exceptionalities portrayed in contemporary Canadian children's books. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue canadienne de l'éducation, 38(4), 1-28.

Emmerson, J., Fu, Q., Lendsay, A., & Brenna, B. (2014). Picture book characters with disabilities: Patterns and trends in a context of radical change. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, 52(4), 12-22. 

Grow, H., Black, S., Egan, K., Taylor, T. M., Moss, K., Wadham, R., & Prater, M. A. (2019). A decade of disability depictions in Newbery Award books.  DADD Online Journal: Research to Practice, 6(1), 58-71.

Hughes, C. (2012). Seeing blindness in children's picturebooks. Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 6(1), 35-51.  

Kelley, J. E., Barrio, B. L., Cardon, T. A., Brando-Subis, C., Lee, S., & Smith, K. (2018). DSM-5 autism spectrum disorder symptomology in award-winning narrative fiction. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 53(2), 115–127.

Kurtts, S. A., & Gavigan, K. W. (2008). Understanding (dis)abilities through children’s literature. McGill Education Libraries, 31(3), 23-31. 

Menchetti, B., Plattos, G., & Carroll, P. S. (2011). The impact of fiction on perceptions of disability. ALAN, 39(1).

Meyer, L. E. (2021). Including disability in early childhood curricula: Evaluating and using children’s books. Young Children, 76(4), 29–37. 

Paciga, K. A., & Koss, M. D. (2022). “Pockets of hope”: Changing representations of diversity in Newbery medal–winning titles. Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts, 61(1).

Prater, M. A., & Dyches, T. T. (2008). Books that portray characters with disabilities: A Top 25 list for children and young adults. Teaching Exceptional Children, 40(4), 32-38.

Stivers, S., Francis-Cropper, L., & Straus, M. (2008). Educating families about inclusive education: A month-by-month guide for teachers of inclusive classes. Intervention in School and Clinic, 44(1), 10-17.  

Taylor, T. M., Brundage, K., Moss, K., & Prater, M. A. (2020). Selecting and using children’s books with authentic representations of characters with developmental disabilities. DADD Online Journal: Research to Practice, 7(1), 10-30.   

Taylor, T. M., Hardy, H., McComas, C., McCollow, M. M., & Scholma, C. (2022). Diversity, equity, and inclusion in children's literature: A content analysis of 40 books. DADD Online Journal, 9(1), 5–26.

Wopperer, E. (2011). Inclusive literature in the library and the classroom. Knowledge Quest, 39(3), 26-34.