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Children should be able to see their identity reflected in the books they read (mirrors), to see people like themselves. Equally important is that children are able to read about others different from themselves (windows) to understand, respect, and appreciate the cultures and identities of others.
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We Need Diverse Books
We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
Primary Source's Global Literature List
Primary Source is a nonprofit organization that works to advance global education in schools. Check out some of their recommending books to support Global Literature.
World of Words
Focused on helping educators find global literature and discover ways to use it in their classrooms, this website at the University of Arizona includes a database of books that you can search or browse by age, region, or genre.
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents.
Black Children's Books and Authors
Our mission is to promote awareness of children’s and young adult literature by Black authors. Our online directory lists traditional and self-published authors. Whether you are a student, parent, educator, librarian, avid reader, or someone who just stumbled upon this site, this resource is for you to expand your knowledge of Black authors and the stories they write.
Lexington High School Library Media Center