In an effort to reflect the esteemed scholar Rudine Sims Bishop’s theory of books being “mirrors and windows” where children can see themselves as well as learn about those who have life experiences different than their own, the Kids’ Department will be working to create a series of booklists to help our patrons find books that both mirror their own experience as well as give children a glimpse of the experiences of others.
Our hope for this project is to help create a more easily accessible diverse reading environment for our community of kids to both bolster their own sense of self as well as build tolerance and empathy for others whose life experiences differ from their own.
Representation Matters Booklist: Black and African American Characters & Creators
Representation Matters Booklist: South Asian American & South Asian Characters and Creators
Learn More About Why Representation in Children’s Books Matters
Take a look at these great articles and videos about why diversity and representation in children’s literature is so important.
by Syno Chacko
Syno Chacko talks about the importance of respresentation and what it was like seeing an Indian immigrant like herself in a book for the first time.