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.
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.
Shop WNDB Merch & Books
Shop exclusive We Need Diverse Books designs on T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, sweatshirts, and more, or check out our Bookshop store for Walter Award winners and honorees and other diverse titles. Your purchases support our mission and highlight the importance of diverse books.
2022 Walter Awards
The Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature recognize diverse authors whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way.
OurStory 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.
Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children's Publishing
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WNDB launched emergency grants for authors, illustrators, K-12 educators, and publishing professionals from marginalized communities who are experiencing urgent financial needs.
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.