In 1990, Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop coined the term Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass doors in reference to diversity in children’s and young adult literature. This concept has been explored over the past 30 years within the research literature. However, there have been few pieces which focus on this concept as mirrors for children in urban schools. Based on the work by Dr. Sims, the focus of this special theme issue will focus specifically on looking at diverse texts as mirrors for diverse populations within urban settings. This work will specifically focus and/or address issues and topics related to urban schools. This includes representation, discussions of race, exposure to texts as mirrors, strong characters, introduction of genres, and culturally conscious texts.
Manuscripts due: April 15, 2024