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.

Report: 2019 Diversity in Children’s and YA Litature

By Jamie Herndon

A summary by Book Riot of the CCBC’s report on diversity in children’s literature.

Books Are Mirrors and Windows

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read, a national literacy group, explains how books are “mirrors and windows” for their readers.

A Video Interview with Rudine Sims Bishop, Ph.D.

Reading Rockets

A short interview with Rudine Sims Biship, Ph.D., on multicultural children’s literature.

Author & Illustrator Grace Lin at TEDxNatick

by Grace Lin

Grace Lin explores the importance of “mirrors and windows” in this TEDx Talk.

Syno Chacko, founder of Represent Us All, at TEDxUnionCity

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.

Dr. Carlotta Penn at TEDxKingLincolnBronzeville

by Dr. Carlotta Penn

Dr. Carlotta Penn on the power books have to help children develop a healthy sense of self.

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