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This scale is developed to guide selections of children’s books to support children finding belonging through various identities or challenges.

Directions: Read through the book. Identify characters and topics, including topics requiring care. Then rate. List Topics Requiring Care: List events or emotions that require care in use (IE death, suicide, abuse, trauma):


This instrument may be used at your discretion. Please reference the following citation:

Burchard, M.S. (2021). Finding Belonging through Children’s Books Rating Scale.

For more information about this instrument’s development and function, please email Melinda Burchard, Ph.D., at Dr. Burchard is an Associate Professor of Special Education and Coordinator of the Special Education Program at Messiah University in Pennsylvania.

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