The need for global education is increasing in this global era, and children’s literature becomes an essential resource to address this need. However, there is little research on how global perspectives are depicted in children’s literature. The current study fills the gap in our understanding by examining contemporary children’s picture books that were published in the United States from 2010 to 2016. Findings show that the picture books reflect several important elements of global education. However, there is an imbalance among the topics and genres. Although global awareness through environmental issues was emphasized through informational texts, transnational story lines on how individuals as world citizens connect to the other people around the world were lacking. The findings provide future directions for more diverse topics to support critical global education in this interconnected world.


critical global education, contemporary picture books, interconnected world

ORCID Identifiers

Bogum Yoon: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6152-1745



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