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