“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 or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror.” — Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
We are sharing resources on free downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks for kids of all ages that are primarily from “own voices” authors (that is, authors who are black, indigenous, or people of color writing about personal experiences or historical accounts). We hope to help our patrons to:
Understand more about the life experiences of people of color and listen to and learn from their voices (windows and sliding doors);
Allow our readers to better see their life experiences reflected in the books they read (mirrors).
While we have a much broader print collection of “own voices” books for kids and teens at the library, we are unable to access them for our patrons until Governor Murphy allows public libraries to reopen to the public. In the meantime, please click either image on this page or the button below to access the list of “Own Voices” Books for Download through Cloud Library (CL) or Freading (FR).
Need help accessing these resources or have suggestions? Please reach out to us during business hours at 973-627-6555 or email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.