Next Steps in Inquiry: Gathering Literature

This is the third post in my inquiry project. Read the first and second posts to catch up.

What's Next

As I thought about how to bring multiple perspectives to my students, I knew children's literature would give me what I needed.  In search of Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors (Bishop, 1990), I  turned to blogs and websites like We Need Diverse Books, Reading While White, and  A Year of Reading written by Mary Lee Hahn and Franki Sibberson.
I became purposeful in finding children's literature that represented the stories of those who have been marginalized in our White dominant society.  Reading literature with characters that represent many different communities allows students to gain a deeper understanding of those who are different from them, gaining insight not only into their differences, but also their similarities.  I wanted to give my students of color the opportunity to see themselves in the books they read, to feel valued. At the same time, I wanted my White students to see stories and worlds different from their own.  Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop reminds us in Reflections of the Development of African American Children's Literature (2012), "all children have the right to books that reflect their own images and books that open less familiar worlds to them" (p. 5).

New Characters

This summer, I reached out on Twitter asking for book suggestions.

I got introduced to some great characters and new authors.
Dyamonde Daniel (series of 3 books) by Nikki Grimes is about a plucky third grader whose parents are divorced.  She is the new kid at school and she faces challenges head on.  All of my students saw themselves in this book in one way or another.
Yasmin series by Saadia Faruqi is a great early chapter book series about a second grader who deals with the every day issues of a second grader.
Cilla Lee-Jenkins (by Susan Tan) is half Chinese and half White.  She's another character full of spunk.
The Carver Chronicles series by Karen English is another great series about kids at Carver Elementary.  They are funny and yet deal with some serious issues.
Stella Diaz by Angela Dominguez is based on the author's experiences growing up Mexican-American.
These characters, among others, have become favorites in my classroom.  We have waiting lists for certain books and I've even had a few complaints that some aren't reading fast enough!  This Padlet has more ideas for book and video ideas.  I can already tell that I need to create a Padlet just for book and video titles.

 Choosing Books

When choosing books, I keep several things in mind:
1.  Is the book by an author who either shares an identity with the characters in the story or has done research on the culture or community they've written about?  (#ownvoice author)
2.  Do the diverse characters take an important role in the story or are they secondary characters?
3.  Are the characters portrayed as sharing the commonalities of being a kid?  (See 28 More Black Picture Books that aren't about Boycotts, Buses, or Basketball 2018)
4.  Do the books I choose portray other diversity besides race?

My third graders have been exploring books as mirrors and windows the last few weeks and I'm excited about the work they are doing.  More to come in future posts.  


  1. I like the idea of how you think about the books you choose to share with your students. Often we get caught up in teaching the skills and strategies and forget that the characters can teach a very important life lesson. Thank you for reminding me of that.

  2. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  3. Printers are friendly tools you can find everywhere these days, whether at office or at home. They are an essential part of office supplies, giving you the ease of printing your documents any time for more information on printer go to printer setup

  4. Really nice yaar, inspired i was in search of some nice books for kids and you made my day such nice collections i have found thanks dear. i will surely recommend my friend's tutors at online essay writing service. Thumps up! post must say.

  5. I have read lots of information before and I find this the most informative of them. Thank you for sharing!

    Car Detailing

  6. I have read lots of information before and I find this the most informative of them. Thank you for sharing!Kinemaster Gold

  7. Hello,

    I have been teaching EFL for a while now and it-s very hard for students in my country to "want" to read books. After reading your post about choosing the right books, I realized that it is very hard for my students to find a book that will help them understand their world. I will most definitely try to get books that will help them see that being different to what they see on TV, YouTube, or magazines isn't bad or weird. Thank you.

  8. The website content is remarkable and very informative. Keep up the good work!


  9. Thanks for this amazing information and please keep writing on this type of topic. I will share this with my friends they will be happy to get this information.
    My name is Skyla Wilson and I am a Dissertation Help Online provider in the UK. Scholars can connect to me on my site and get the best help from experts.

  10. Hey there, You have performed an incredible job. I will certainly Digg it and for my part suggest to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this site.
    uniraj ba 2nd year result 2021-22 roll number wise

  11. I got such a useful stuff on your website that helps me a lot to gain information.

  12. This comment has been removed by the author.

  13. We would like to serve aspirants of all economic background, hence we offer our service at an economic rate while make sure of maintaining quality.

  14. Null’s Brawl APK is a modified version which have unlimited money and unlocked all skins for free.

  15. wow, thanks for the this informative article this is very nice and very interesting and I will share this with my friends and once again thankyou and keep it up.

  16. Techer know about literacy of student. when person walk steps can be counted. Walking is healthy for human. New Ace Baker To get knowledge we have to read about it on google. You can see characters everywhere.

  17. For the "Next Steps in Inquiry: Gathering Literature," a key strategy involves leveraging comprehensive databases and academic journals to ensure a robust foundation for your research. Additionally, if you need assistance managing your coursework, consider using services like "take my online exam" to handle your exam requirements efficiently, allowing you to focus on critical literature review tasks.

  18. As you progress to the next steps in inquiry, gathering literature is crucial for building a solid foundation for your research. Start by identifying key sources, including academic journals, books, and credible online resources. Organize your findings systematically to ensure a comprehensive understanding of your topic. If you're juggling multiple commitments, you might consider the option to hire someone to do my online exam. This can free up your time to focus more on your literature review and ensure you’re well-prepared for the subsequent stages of your research. Efficiently managing your tasks will enhance the quality of your inquiry.


Post a Comment

Please add to the conversation.

Popular Posts