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Resources for School of Education

Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors

“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.”

-Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop 

Multicultural Literature resources

Multicultural Literature library session materials


While not exhaustive, the links below are lists of books in Lavery Library's K-12 Resource Center per category.

Also note that, of the books included in the lists linked below, some are fantastic resources to include in a K-12 setting, while others are not-so-great resources for varying reasons (i.e. negative stereotyping and portrayals). The multicultural literature library session with Stacia goes into the varying resources more in depth and the titles included in the lists below are used for different purposes throughout the session.


Have book recommendations to add to the K-12 Resource Center? Email Stacia! 

Please email with issues (broken links, missing info) & they will be addressed as soon as possible.