Mirrors and Windows Collection

Thanks to the efforts of We Need Diverse Books and the Cooperative Children's Book Council, more children's books are being published to reflect all children's stories; however, more work needs to be done in getting these books into the hands of all children.


Read Early And Daily (R.E.A.D.) is committed to all  children seeing themselves and their narratives in books that they read. Staff spends much time and energy in choosing the books for R.E.A.D. My Stories to reflect our families' narratives.  We believe, though, that all children benefit from diverse and inclusive stories. We Need Diverse 

Books provides a great summary of why all children need to read diverse books:

  1. They reflect the world and people of the world

  2. They teach respect for all cultural groups

  3. They serve as a window and a mirror and as an example of how to interact in the world

  4. They show that despite differences, all people share common feelings and aspirations

  5. They can create a wider curiosity for the world

  6. They prepare children for the real world

  7. They enrich educational experiences 

We've created the Mirrors and Windows  Collection to 

share our favorite recently published books we 

feel do a wonderful job highlighting diverse and culturally relevant narratives.



For more information, read the following articles:

Windows and Mirrors: Why We Need Diverse Books by Chad Everett

Where are the People of Color in Children's Books? by Walter Dean Myers

Books Matter: The Power of Children's Literature

White Paper on the Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”

         -Rudine Sims Bishop, 1990

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