Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Practical Literacy: The Early and Primary Years


Australian Literacy Educators Association


School of Education


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: Robertson, K. (2022). Celebrating the work of pre-service teachers. Practical Literacy: The Early and Primary Years, 27(3), 38-41.


'Books can be both mirrors and windows', by investigating this statement, acknowledgment can be given to the vital importance of engaging students in a diverse range of children's literature within the classroom. The purpose is to develop children into accepting, empathetic, compassionate and prosocial members of the community, who strive to achieve self-actualisation (Maslow, 1943; McMillan and Chavis, 1986). Literature is constructed on the foundations of historical, social and cultural contexts, traditionally, biased and persuaded by the political and social views of its time (McDonald, 2018).