Graduate Student


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Spring 2023


Children’s literature, especially picture books, conveys more meaning than what is illustrated and printed. As mirrors, children’s picture books reflect the identities and representations and, as windows, can offer a perspective on real lives. The metaphor of mirror and window in children’s literature can be an educational tool for teachers in the classroom to represent numerous social contexts where there are people from different cultural backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions and beliefs, genders, and social classes. Few picture books for kids are inclusive and diverse which shows the need for the equity, diversity, and inclusion in children's literature. My research offers a critical content analysis of children’s picture books, including stories by and about people of color which serve as mirrors and windows so that children can see themselves and their worlds from the stories they are reading.