Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for children’s literature that celebrates diversity and helps get more of these books into classrooms and libraries. To date, MCBD has donated more than 10,000 books to parents, teachers and librarians.
Learning to read and reading often is important for children to grow and develop socially, emotionally and academically. But reading a wide variety of diverse and inclusive books can be especially impactful.
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, professor emerita at Ohio State University, wrote an important essay on children’s literature called “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors” where she discusses the idea of “mirror books” and “window books”.
- Mirror books reflect different aspects of a reader’s identity, such as family, race and religion. These books can validate and affirm readers while showing them possibilities of who they can grow up to be.
- Window books allow readers to see aspects of the world that are different from their own. This introduces readers to new cultures and perspectives, allows readers to develop new interests and engages them on important social issues.
Diverse and multicultural books expand children’s reading horizons by exposing them to new ideas and creating meaningful connections between their peers. Be sure to check out some of these great books for a young reader in your life from the Yonkers Public Library.
Alison Robles is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.