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Children's Lit

There are so many great books available for preK-12 students it can be hard to know where to start. This guide will help direct you to resources that have done some of the work for you, highlighting award-winning and "best of" titles that can jump-start classroom book selection.

Books Are... Mirrors, Windows, Sliding Glass Doors

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Read widely to get a feel for what's available and what's trending. And be sure to keep in mind the concept of literature providing children with "windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors." This theory was created by Rudine Sims Bishop when discussing the value of sharing literature with children that highlights a diverse range of experiences. This concept is best explained in the following quote that originally appeared in her article "Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors" - published in the Summer 1990 issue of Perspectives (vol. 6 no. 3) :

"Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. 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 and recreated by the author. 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. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books."

SCC Library Holdings

The SCC Library carries a range of children's books. You can find them in our Juvenile section - this is the front-facing shelf all the way to the right when you enter the Stacks on the 2nd floor (the room with all the books in it). Our collection encompasses picture books, middle-grade, and a smattering of young adult titles.

We acquire all of the CaldecottNewbery, and Coretta Scott King award-winning books. Library holdings are as follows:

  • Caldecott Medal winners: 1938 - Present
  • Newbery Medal winners: 1926 - Present
  • Coretta Scott King Award winners: 1992 - Present

Reference Librarian

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Julia Wilbers
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376

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