2/21 Mirrors, Mentors and Mother Tongues: Why cultural relevance matters.

Resource limitations are a barrier to learning in low-income and remote communities. Response initiatives therefore often prioritise getting large quantities of reading material into the hands of those in need. However, volume of reading materials alone will not effectively address the challenge; the books reaching children must also speak to their experience of the world. This paper surveys current thinking across academic and NGO research activities in support of Library For All’s approach to maintaining a diverse and culturally relevant library in response to program community needs.