The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf: TEDx Talk by Grace Lin

Superb TEDx talk by Grace Lin

‘My books are the books that I wished I’d had when I was a child.’

‘As much as kids need books to be mirrors, kids need books to be windows.’

Make sure your child has books that are mirrors and books that are windows: ‘Because if you do, you’re setting a path for self-worth and empathy – and that is a brick road worth following.’


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  2. I wanted to use this talk by Grace Lin with teachers, but I cannot in good conscious.

    This TEDX Talk is a wonderful explanation of the power of books and stories. However, Ms. Lin never credited Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop with her ideas. In fact, she uses Dr. Sims words, who wrote, “When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror.” (Source:  By Rudine Sims Bishop, The Ohio State University.  “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” originally appeared in Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom. Vo. 6, no. 3. Summer 1990.)

    I understand that Dr. Sims work is popular, and often talked about without credit in informal settings. However, this was a TedX Talk and this idea was not Ms. Lin’s. Give credit where credit is due.

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