Working Class Families in Books for Kids

My librarian friend and sometimes commenter on this blog (Venta, I’m talkin’ about you) have talked often about how rare it is to find literature for children and young adults that includes poor or working class characters that are neither victims nor on the inevitable road to self-improvement.

So, much gratitude to Stephanie Jones who is on the hunt for exactly such books and seems to be hitting paydirt.

Is there other such  literature out there to be found?

8 thoughts on “Working Class Families in Books for Kids

  1. stephanie jones August 15, 2008 / 1:38 pm

    Hey Jane and others,

    It’s not for kids…but have you read “Welfare Brat”? I loved it and all its complexities, and I hope it will bring lots of good conversation to my undergraduate class this fall.

  2. Kjen June 20, 2009 / 5:10 pm

    I’ve just found your blog and love it!

    If you’re still interested in workin class books, I would recommend – the Tillerman saga by Cynthia Voigt.

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