This dataset contains 170 shortlisted, award-winning and bestselling picture books published in Australia, 2000–2013, that contain food-related references. These books are in wide circulation and readily available to young children through the public and school library systems. Covering literary awards, publishing industry awards, popularity awards voted by child readers (children's choice awards), and bestseller lists, the survey includes books endorsed by industry professionals, child readers and book-buyers.
The dataset has been compiled with the aim of capturing what young children are likely to be exposed to when they read a recently published picture book, produced by the culture in which they are growing up, at a particular moment in time.
The survey of the dataset notes not only food type, but associated depictions of food practices connected with gender, identity and place – such as food production, shopping, preparation, serving and eating – as well as food-related language use. Food is noisy, speaking to us not only about what we eat, but about how we define ourselves and others, and how we relate to each other and our physical and social environments.
Explore the works in the dataset here.