“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.”


Rudine Sims Bishop



    Its mission is to provide educators and parents with an annual list of quality, diverse children's books. 

    Books for children by Native American and First Nations authors and illustrators. 

  3. Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (PDF)

  4. 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

  5. Dear anti-racist allies: Here's how to respond to microaggressions by Kristen Rogers, CNN

  6. Media portrayals of black men contribute to police violence, EurekAlert! Science News

  7. National Conference for Community and Justice, Colorism

  8. What Is Neurodiversity? | Understood - For learning and thinking differences

  9. "How Marginalized Families Are Pushed Out of PTAs" from The Atlantic

  10. Women in India: Unheard stories

  11. 44 African Americans who shook up the world 

  12. Understanding the Spectrum: A Comic Strip Explanation by Rebecca Burgess

  13. Audre Lorde (Author Bio) - Who Said it Was Simple

  14. Richard Wright (Author Bio) - Between the World and Me 

  15. Alice Walker (Author Bio) - The World Rising 

  16. Langston Hughes (Author Bio) - Harlem 

  17. June Jordan (Author Bio) - Poem for Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer

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To serve as a resource to unit PTAs, families, and community partners within Mercer Island and to advocate for the health, well-being, inclusion, and education of every child.

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DE&I Spotlight

MISD Elementary Mandarin Outreach Event

Please join us on Thursday, February 10, 7:00 – 8:00 pm for our first Mercer Island Elementary Schools Mandarin Outreach Event! All parents and families from Northwood, Lakeridge, Island Park, and West Mercer are welcome for this important information session. 

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