No study is complete without looking at the big picture. My research on this topic continues to be ongoing. Just over the weekend I noticed this quilt on ebay and thought to myself, I bet the maker used a coloring book for the pattern.
But we also want to look at what is missing from quilts and children's literature. It's a big topic and can be very surprising and even a bit sad. I'll break this down into a few posts for you.
There were a lack of books published that featured non-white children in a respectful way. It is reflected in our quilts and patterns of the 20th century. It wasn't until 1962 that a book by a white man named Ezra Jack Keats was published that proved that a children's book with a non-white child could be successful. The book was called The Snow Day. It was awarded the highest honor for illustration in a children's book, The Caldecott Medal.