Philip Nel wants people to take children’s literature just as seriously as adult literature — even when it comes to difficult topics.
In his latest book, Nel, a K-State English professor and author, writes about the intersection of art and politics in children’s literature. “Was the Cat in the Hat Black?” by Philip Nel was published Aug. 7 and consists of five chapters in which Nel talks about the hidden racism in children’s books.
“Children’s books are the most important books that we read because we read them when we are still figuring out who we are, how the world works,” Nel said. “We read them when we are at our most impressionable.”
In the book, Nel argues that to change children’s literature we have to structurally…