“Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” and “Open Letter to Children’s Book Industry”

I live in a very sheltered place and have never witness the injustice reflected in these writings. When it comes to people I don’t see in color I see a person. I feel if we have opportunities to encourage and build confidence in young writers we should do so…….who knows they may become the next Newbery Medal author.

Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea      Great Big Life       Mufaro's         Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
The People Could Fly
      wholeworld         You Can Do It

A website to help bring awareness to African American voices……..

The Brown Bookshelf          http://thebrownbookshelf.com/ 

  • The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans. You can read more about the founders of The Brown Bookshelf

“Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors”  

I like how this is written and feel that it reflects all …..not just one culture

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange.  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.

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. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books. When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative, or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part. Our classrooms need to be places where all the children from all the cultures that make up the salad bowl of American society can find their mirrors. 

“Open Letter to Children’s Book Industry”

The world we dream in literature can one day become our reality.  I am an immigrant, and one of the things I love most about this country is that it is a land of dreamers.  Yes, I am sometimes bitter about the contradictions embedded in those dreams, and the inconsistent commitment that leads to only their partial fulfillment.  But I still believe that the stories we tell ourselves will shape the future, and the more voices permitted to join the chorus, the better off we’ll ALL be.


2 thoughts on ““Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” and “Open Letter to Children’s Book Industry”

  1. Well done Cindy! I, too, don’t tend to think about my friends “in color” but rather “my friend, Jane.” I can’t say I haven’t experienced prejudice, because I have, but it didn’t affect the way I look at the world. Nice blog post!


    • I’m glad that you didn’t let the offensiveness or rudeness of others change how you look at the world…….. the world is a good place unfortunately there are some that can’t see that and do their best to make others miserable.


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