We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
Read an excerpt of Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall here. Content note: gun violence By Desmond Hall I think back to the night before my mother’s funeral when I sat in my uncle’s living room in the mountains of Jamaica. Thoughts crowded my mind, as did the wild laughter of my young children who[Read more...]
By Livia Blackburne Growing up in the United States, I became aware of a prototypical American model for grandparents. Sit-com grandparents, if you will. While I knew intellectually that the model was by no means universal, it still made an impression on me. In my head, American grandparents came in two sets and they often[Read more...]
WNDB Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children’s Publishing
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WNDB will provide emergency grants to diverse authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who are experiencing dire financial need.
Resources for Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion
We Need Diverse Books is compiling resources from members of our community on race, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion.
THE OURSTORY APP
The OurStory app is an easy-to-use resource to discover diverse books. It's a tool for all audiences, from kids and teens to parents and educators.
Our Mission Statement
Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.
What does We Need Diverse Books do?
WNDB strives to create a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. To reach this goal, we've created programs to celebrate diverse books, to mentor diverse writers and illustrators, to support diverse publishing professionals, and to provide books to classrooms nationwide. Our programs include: