Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Reading is an essential skill for students of all ages. The ability to read and comprehend what the text is saying helps with the ability to learn topics at a deeper level. This senior capstone project examines the benefits of having diverse and inclusive literature available in K-8 school libraries. Through the use of a literature review, interviews with 2 librarians, 1 teacher and 1 principal, the findings revealed that all the subject participants gave similar answers in that diverse and inclusive literature are extremely beneficial to students. It instills empathy and understanding in students, which brings a sense of belonging and personal growth. It is recommended that a variety of books should be available and easily accessible to young readers at the elementary and middle school levels.