|Ellen Oh speaking at MCPL symposium on |
Diversity in Children's Literature
Books that provide windows show us outside our world, they allow us to learn about other cultures, people, and places. Books that are mirrors are just as important, they help us to relate and to self-identify. When children only read books that are windows, they are unable to see themselves and they are unable to cheer for characters they identify with. Books need to be windows and mirrors to show an accurate account of our world and a view of those around us.
booklists by grade and age reflect MCPL's commitment to diversity. Some of my personal favorite books are Better Nate then Ever by Tim Federle, Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, Thunder Boy Jr by Sherman Alexie, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de La Pena, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, and Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina. Explore our online catalog on our website or ask a librarian at your local library what they recommend.
Listening to my son, and hearing how this author spoke to him and his needs, it really hit home how important this is for young people. Check out your local public library, let’s give our youth the books they want and deserve!