My teaching partner, LaNesha Tabb, and I love teaching our kindergarten and first grade students about this concept! Mirrors are books that contain story lines, characters, and experiences you can see yourself in. You can make personal connections to these books. You feel seen and heard after reading a book that is a mirror. A book that is a window helps you see into the life or experience of someone else. You may not be able to relate, but you can learn and grow from that story line or the book's characters. When LaNesha and I present books to our students as windows and mirrors, it helps us reflect about the books we read in a meaningful way. It also helps us pick the books we expose our students to. We like to have a good balance of windows and mirrors. Our goal is to always build perspective through the picture books we choose, so we are very picky about what we place in front of our students, and WHY we placed it in front of them.
This download includes a free eBook so you can explain and discuss this concept with your students. It also includes a portfolio so you can help your students keep a record of the perspectives they learned over the course of the year!