Canyon Creek PTA

Windows & Mirrors Book Drive

Benefiting Canyon Creek Elementary

Canyon Creek PTA's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee has organized a new program for Canyon Creek - the Windows & Mirrors Book Drive! All books will go to Canyon Creek library and classrooms. Each month we will focus on a different theme with intersectionality at the core.

The ONE purpose of the Windows & Mirrors Book Drive is to diversify and update Canyon Creek library content! These book lists were curated using NSD-recommended sites and encompasses multicultural and social justice books, books covering neurodiversity, the many beautiful forms of love and identity, physical challenges, holidays, and heritage...just to name a few! 

"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. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.

- Bishop, R. S. (1990). Mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom,6(3).

Current Book Drive Focus -- JUNE

During June, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we focused on finding and purchasing books that celebrate how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill.

LQBTQ+ Pride Month (June 2021) Amazon Wish List

(see "How Can I Help?" section below for instructions for Amazon wishlist & shipping)

Also, you can find the prior focus book lists below - if you feel inspired to provide those books!!

How Can I Help?

There are three ways you can choose to help:

  • Purchase a book.
    1. Browse our Windows & Mirrors Amazon Wish Lists (below by month/focus). Reminder: you can attach your Amazon account to Amazon smile and help support ALL our programs. 
      • multiple of the same books are great
      • NEW or USED are happily accepted 
    2. Add books of your choice to the Amazon cart. We would LOVE to see multiple of these books - so select the ones that you would like to ensure are available to students at Canyon Creek
    3. Select Howard McKenzie for shipping. To make it easy and COVID-19 safe, all purchased books will be shipped to our PTA VP-Programs home and then delivered to the school.
  • Make a monetary donation. If you make a monetary donation, your donation is tax deductible, since we are a 501(c)3 non profit. Also, your company may match your donation. All donations will be used to purchase books for Canyon Creek Elementary!!
  • Recommend a different book that you want to purchase elsewhere - NO PROBLEM! Email to make arrangements. 

Prior Focus Information & Amazon Lists


During May, Jewish American Heritage Month AND Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we focused on finding and purchasing books that celebrate Jewish Americans, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and their cultures!

Jewish American Heritage AND Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
(May 2021) Amazon Wish List



During April, we highlighted two days: Autism Awareness Day & International Mother Earth Day. We focused on finding and purchasing books that share information about autism as well as books about our planet!

Autism Awareness & Earth Day (April 2021) Amazon Wish List



During March, Women's History Month & Irish-American Heritage Month, we focused on finding and purchasing books that celebrate both women and Irish-Americans as part of our cumulative history and culture!

Women's History Month & Irish-American Heritage Month (March 2021) Amazon Wish List


During February, Black History Month, we are focused our resources and energy on procuring and purchasing books that represent African Americans and/or African American authors.

Black History Month (February 2021) Amazon Wish List

Want to get more involved or have questions?

If you are interested in getting more involved with our DEI Committee, please fill out this form. We would love to have YOU! 

Any questions or comments, please email our committee at